Henry Miller

Tropic of Cancer

originally published:
Paris : Obelisk

We offered this copy, inscribed by Miller in the year of publication to the French author Raymond Queneau, in our Catalog 82.


  • First Book(1934)
  • First Book(1939)
  • Modern Library 100 Best Novels(050)
  • Time Magazine 100 Novels(1934)

reference info

bio notes:
born: 12/26/1891
died: 6/7/1980
born as: Henry Valentine Miller
nationality: USA

American writer and perennial bohemian whose autobiographical novels had a liberating influence on mid-20th century literature. Because of their sexual frankness, his major works were banned as obscene in Britain and the United States until the 1960s, but they were widely known earlier from copies smuggled in from France. - Merriam-Webster's Encyclopedia of Literature

Collecting tips:

Miller was very prolific, and his bibliography is huge, and seemingly ever expanding. For us though, the apex of his work seems to boil down to Tropic of Cancer (Paris, 1934) and Tropic of Capricorn (Paris, 1939). Finding copies in really fine condition can be a chore, and expensive when finally accomplished. We think his additional work deserves attention, but there sure is a lot of it!

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