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Henry Miller

A book by Henry Miller

Miller Valentine Henry (12/26/1891 - 06/06/1980) is one of the greatest American writers of the 20th century. Henry Miller was born on December 26, 1891 in New York, into a family with German roots. In 1909 he entered college, from where he was expelled two months later "for disagreement with teaching methods." He worked in a factory, then a ranch; in 1913 he met the famous anarchist Emma Goldman (according to Miller himself, “this meeting was a turning point in fate”). He changed many jobs, in 1922 he published his first book, Clipped Wings. In 1924, Miller retired from Western Union with the firm intention of devoting his life to writing. The first years of his new life were extremely difficult: Miller was starving, he had to sell the books himself - as in the case of the collection of poetry in prose "Mezzotinto" (1925). In 1928, he left for Europe for a year (money for the trip was allocated by an admirer of Miller`s first wife, a Broadway actress). In the early thir...

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Miller Valentine Henry (12/26/1891 - 06/06/1980) is one of the greatest American writers of the 20th century. Henry Miller was born on December 26, 1891 in New York, into a family with German roots. In 1909 he entered college, from where he was expelled two months later "for disagreement with teaching methods." He worked in a factory, then a ranch; in 1913 he met the famous anarchist Emma Goldman (according to Miller himself, “this meeting was a turning point in fate”). He changed many jobs, in 1922 he published his first book, Clipped Wings. In 1924, Miller retired from Western Union with the firm intention of devoting his life to writing. The first years of his new life were extremely difficult: Miller was starving, he had to sell the books himself - as in the case of the collection of poetry in prose "Mezzotinto" (1925). In 1928, he left for Europe for a year (money for the trip was allocated by an admirer of Miller`s first wife, a Broadway actress). In the early thirties, Miller returned to Europe with ten dollars in his pocket and settled in Paris. In 1931, still mired in poverty, he began writing The Tropic of Cancer; in 1934 this novel was published. It was followed by Black Spring (1936), Tropic of Capricorn (1939), Quiet Days in Clichy (1940) and other works. In 1943, a personal exhibition of Miller the artist took place in the USA (he painted watercolors). The next year was the first truly “prosperous” for him in material terms. In the same 1944, Miller moved to the town of Big Ser, where his house-museum is now located. The forties were marked by the completion of two novels - "Sexus" (1945) and "Plexus" (1949), the poem "Smile at the foot of the stairs" (1947, later the opera of the same name was staged according to this text), as well as works about the French poet Arthur Rimbaud " Time for killers ”. The next decade is the time of “Books of My Life” (1951), “Big Ser and Oranges by Hieronymus Bosch” (1953), “Reunions” (1955) and “Nexus” (1959). In 1970, two films based on the books of Henry Miller were premiered in the United States at once - Tropic of Cancer and Quiet Days in Clichy. In the same year, Miller received the only literary prize in his life - the Italian prize for the best book of the year (the novel "Calm as a hummingbird"). The following year, the autobiographical book The Life and Time of Henry Miller was published, which, as it were, summed up the writer`s career. Among the close friends of Henry Miller were such famous people as Anais Nin, Lawrence Darrell, Georgios Seferiades, Blaise Sandrard, Thomas S. Eliot, Jean Giono and Hans Keyserling. The writer died on June 6, 1980.