Henry Miller

American author

Henry Miller | Photograph by someone

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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Arrival at Schiphol by the American writer Henry Miller | Photograph by Wim van Rossem/ Anefo (10 MAY 1959). © Nationaal Archief, CC0

Henry Miller Biography Documentary | Video courtesy of I Love Docs, YouTube

Henry Miller, the most influential representative of modern American literature, is rediscovered. The fascination he exerts is not only due to his work, which violates all sexual taboos, but so to his eventful life and his still absolutely contemporary view of the world.



H.M.  A Self-Portrait, 1944

Published works


Big Sur and the Oranges of Hieronymous Bosch


Smile at the Foot of the Ladder 


The Colossus of Maroussi


The Cosmological Eye


The Wisdom of the Heart


Sextet: Six Essays


The Air-Conditioned Nightmare


Stand Still Like the Hummingbird


The Time of the Assassins: A Study of Rimbaud

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