Renegade: Henry Miller and the Making of "Tropic of Cancer" by Frederick Turner

By Frederick Turner

Though branded as pornography for its image language and particular sexuality, Henry Miller’s Tropic of Cancer is much greater than a piece that proven American censorship legislation. during this riveting publication, released to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Tropic of Cancer's preliminary U.S. release, Frederick Turner investigates Miller’s unconventional novel, its tumultuous publishing historical past, and its special position in American letters.

Written within the slums of a international urban via a guy who used to be an utter literary failure in his place of origin, Tropic of Cancer used to be released in 1934 through a pornographer in Paris, yet quickly banned within the usa. no longer until eventually 1961, whilst Grove Press triumphed over the censors, did Miller’s e-book look in American bookstores. Turner argues that Tropic of Cancer is “lawless, violent, colourful, misogynistic, anarchical, bigoted, and formed by means of an identical forces that formed the nation.” extra, the unconventional attracts on greater than centuries of recent global background, folklore, and pop culture in methods by no means tried sooner than. How Henry Miller, outcast and renegade, got here to appreciate what literary dynamite he had inside of him, how he realized to sound his “war whoop” over the roofs of the realm, is the topic of Turner’s revelatory examine.

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