Henry Miller

American author

Green plants over the valley and mountains under blue sky—Tuscany, Italy and Arrival at Schiphol by the American writer Henry F. Miller:  Lionel Abrial (2015) and Wim van Rossem, National Archives of the Netherlands / Anefo (1959), respectively.


Henry Valentine Miller (December 26, 1891 – June 7, 1980) was an American writer and artist. 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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In his highest flights, musical and architectural above all, for they are one, man gives the illusion of rivaling the order, the majesty and the splendor of the heavens.
—Henry Miller

Confusion is a word we have invented for an order that is not understood.
—Henry Miller

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