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Renegade [electronic resource] : Henry Miller and the making of Tropic of Cancer / Frederick Turner.

Author/Creator:
Turner, Frederick W., 1937-
Publication:
New Haven : Yale University Press, c2011.
Series:
Icons of America.
Icons of America
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (257 p.)
Subjects:
Politics and literature -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Authors and publishers -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Publishers and publishing -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Censorship -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Miller, Henry, 1891-1980 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Miller, Henry, 1891-1980. Tropic of Cancer.
Form/Genre:
Electronic books.
Language:
English
Summary:
Though branded as pornography for its graphic language and explicit sexuality, Henry Miller's Tropic of Cancer is far more than a work that tested American censorship laws. In this riveting book, published to coincide with the fiftieth anniversary of Tropic of Cancer's initial U.S. release, Frederick Turner investigates Miller's unconventional novel, its tumultuous publishing history, and its unique place in American letters.Written in the slums of a foreign city by a man who was an utter literary failure in his homeland, Tropic of Cancer was published in 1934 by a pornographer in Paris, but soon banned in the United States. Not until 1961, when Grove Press triumphed over the censors, did Miller's book appear in American bookstores. Turner argues that Tropic of Cancer is "lawless, violent, colorful, misogynistic, anarchical, bigoted, and shaped by the same forces that shaped the nation." Further, the novel draws on more than two centuries of New World history, folklore, and popular culture in ways never attempted before. How Henry Miller, outcast and renegade, came to understand what literary dynamite he had within him, how he learned to sound his "war whoop" over the roofs of the world, is the subject of Turner's revelatory study.
Contents:
Frontmatter
Contents
"Fuck Everything!"
Slaughterhouse
A Great Beast
Folklore Of The Conquest
Twain
Just A Brooklyn Boy
Beginning The Streets Of Sorrow
The World Of Sex
Talk
Entering The Slaughterhouse
Manhattan Monologist
Cosmodemonic
She
Exile
Where The Writers Went
The Avant-Garde
Hunger
June
An Apache
Villa Seurat
What She Gave
1934
Form
The Grounds Of Great Offense
A New World
Coda
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Acknowledgments
Index
Notes:
Description based upon print version of record.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN:
1-283-38221-0
9786613382214
0-300-16731-8
OCLC:
923597140
Publisher Number:
10.12987/9780300167313 doi
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