Miller, Henry, 1891-1980

Miller, Henry, 1891-1980



  • Existence: 1891 - 1980


Henry Valentine Miller (December 26, 1891 – June 7, 1980) was an American writer. He was known for breaking with existing literary forms and developing a new type of semi-autobiographical novel that blended character study, social criticism, philosophical reflection, stream of consciousness, explicit language, sex, surrealist free association, and mysticism. His most characteristic works of this kind are "Tropic of Cancer," "Black Spring," "Tropic of Capricorn" and "The Rosy Crucifixion trilogy," which are based on his experiences in New York and Paris (all of which were banned in the United States until 1961). He also wrote travel memoirs and literary criticism, and painted watercolors.

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Henry Miller collection

Identifier: MS-318
Date(s): 1930 to 1979

Henry Miller (1891-1980), author. The collection contains correspondence, principally with Herbert F. West, as well as manuscripts several short works, notes (photo copy) for "Tropic of Capricorn," typescripts with handwritten corrections and galleys for "The Happy Rock" (1945) and, a collection of essays about Miller, edited and published by Bernard H. Porter.