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The cosmological eye.
Miller, Henry, 1891-1980.
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[New York] : New Directions [1973]

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371 pages ; 20 cm.
Peace! It's wonderful! -- Max -- The golden age -- Reflections on "Extasy" -- Scenario -- The universe of death -- Jabberwhorl Cronstadt -- An open letter to surrealists everywhere -- Via Dieppe-Newhaven -- Hamlet: a letter -- Into the night life -- Un être étoilique -- The tailor shop -- Glittering pie -- The Brooklyn Bridge -- The cosmological eye -- Autobiographical note.
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PS3525.I5454 C6 1973 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
PS3525.I5454 C6 1973 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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They are taken from the Paris books Black Spring (1936) and Max and the White Phagocytes (1938) and were for the most part, written at about the satire time as Tropic of Capricorn - the period of Miller's and Durrell's life in the famous Villa Seurat in Paris. As is usual with Miller, these pieces cannot be tagged with the label of any given literary category. The unforgettable portrait of Max, the Paris drifter, and the probably-autobiographical Tailor Shop , are basically short stories, but even here the irrepressible vitality of Miller's personality keeps breaking into the narrative. And in the critical and philosophical essays, the prose poems and surrealist fantasies, the travel sketches and scenarios, Miller's passion for fiction, for telling the endless story of his extraordinary life, cannot be held down. Life, as no other modern author has lived it or can write it, bursts from these pages - the life of the mind and the body; of people, places and things; of ideas and the imagination.

Author Notes

Henry Valentine Miller (December 26, 1891 - June 7, 1980) American novelist, was born in New York City. His most famous works, Tropic of Cancer and Tropic of Capricorn, were written while Miller was an expatriate living in Paris and were originally published in France in the mid-1930s. At that time, the two books were widely considered obscene in the United States, and they were banned from sale there until 1961.

Some of Miller's other works include The Colossus of Maroussi and Big Sur and the Oranges of Heironymus Bosch.

Henry Miller was married five times and he also had an extended love affair with Anais Nin. He died in 1980 in his home in Pacific Palisades, California.

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