Selected erotic novels and the critical articles, reviews and interviews on them, as well as film adaptations and documentary movies
Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller
Miller’s groundbreaking first novel, banned in Britain for almost thirty years. A penniless and as yet unpublished writer, Henry Miller arrived in Paris in 1930. Leaving behind a disintegrating marriage and an unhappy career in America, he threw himself into the low-life of bohemian Paris with unwavering gusto. A fictional account of Miller’s adventures amongst the prostitutes and pimps, the penniless painters and writers of Montparnasse, Tropic of Cancer is an extravagant and rhapsodic hymn to a world of unrivalled eroticism and freedom. Tropic of Cancer’s 1934 publication in France was hailed by Samuel Beckett as ‚a momentous event in the history of modern writing’. The novel was subsequently banned in the UK and the USA and not released for publication for a further thirty years (Amazon).
- „Henry Miller – a Study” by Kevin Gallagher – „This is an overview of Henry Miller’s work and broad significance as a writer. It examines the key components of his style which contributed to his status as a literary iconoclast, vis-à-vis the notion of modernism.—”His works were part of a life-long quest in the continuous discovery and construction of a mythology of the self through literature, the function of which is to expose corrupt values at the heart of the modern spirit and awaken the reader to the possibilities of a life which is equated with art.”
- „Fighting desires: Henry Miller’s Queer Tropic” by Hardin Michael – (Abstract) „Fighting Desires: Henry Miller’s Queer Tropic” is an investigation of Tropic of Cancer that investigates the deeply repressed homoerotic desire that periodically surfaces. This reading is dependent upon an interpretation of Eve Sedgwick that proposes male sexuality as a continuum. By looking at the nature of the male-male relationships, as well as the lack of emotion and presence in the male-female relationships, I will show that the most intimate relationships are between men, and that these relationships are expressed through the telling of stories about (heterosexual) sex; this is the function of women within the novel: one has sex with a woman, not for the pleasure that the act brings, but for the pleasure that the recounting of the story to other men brings. Furthermore, I will look at Miller’s use of puns within the novel and how they also contribute to a homoerotic reading. None of this is to argue that Miller was not homophobic and sexist–Miller very clearly was–the purpose of this essay is to show the complex nature of sexuality, even within a protagonist who asserts a very defined heterosexuality.
„Henry Miller – Obscene Other of the law” by Robert Herian – „The following discussion centres on the law but will not be conducted from astrictly doctrinal perspective; far from it. Rather, this chapter will draw on thoseaspects born in the psychic space of the subject, as elucidated by psychoanalysis, whichare in dialogue with the external socio-juridical structure called “law”, and which striveto better understand affective and culturally engrained notions of obscenity. HenryMiller, as the chapter will seek to demonstrate, occupies an ideal position in order toaddress this and many other questions which flow from it.”
- Henry Miller and the Celebration of Loss by Natalija Bonic – „How can loss give rise to joy? How can the destruction ofall that we cherish, desire, and hope for result in jubilation? This unlikely turn of events forms the centralmotif in the writings of Henry Miller. It runs through his workslike a signature, and announces itself in some of the titles as a “tropic” (Gr. trope, turning, twist) or a “black spring”.
The idea that loss can suddenly turn to joy is particularly present inMi ller’s first novel, Tropic of Cancer”
Henry Miller and the Book of Life by Katy Masuga – „“Then tohell with literature! The book of life, that’s what I would write” (217). This claim sets the scene for Miller’s obsession with writing and writers, and in general with his concept of literature. Throughout the unofficial “Obelisk trilogy” (Tropic of Cancer , Black Spring , and Tropic of Capricorn ) and The Rosy Crucifixion Trilogy (Sexus , Plexus , and Nexus), Miller develops a literary form that disrupts conventional modesof writing by blurring the lines between his own writing, the writing ofothers, and the “real” world in which he, both as the narrator and as the writer, fnds himself.”
- An Unlikely Muse Love Pair: Anais Nin and Henry Miller by Douglas A, Donnell – „Anais Nin and Henry Miller were a pair of famous writers whose era spanned theyears from 1932, when they met, until their respective deaths in 1977 and 1980. Theygained fame based on the stories they wrote filled with eroticism at a time when suchwork was considered pornographic in the US and was illegal. They considered eroticisma simple expression of human behavior and emotions.”
- „Henry Miller and how he got that way” by Katy Masuga– „The book at hand seeks to provide access to an unfamiliar but ambitious, challenging but rewarding, late modernist, set in relation to a significant handful of ancestral writers who arguably affected his [Miller’s] work most profoundly”
- The Illusion of Force and Speed in Henry Miller by Katy Masuga –
Throughout his texts, Henry Miller often writes of movement: literally, figuratively,metaphorically. In a literal sense, the narrator is constantly making use of various modes oftransportation, across space and in time. Miller’s texts themselves–often filled with diatribes,monologues, racing catalogue descriptions and other allusions that evoke a sense of movementand the passage of time–seem to be in motion despite their physically static presence on thepage. His passages on time and motion are always embedded in a context that extends theirfigural and metaphorical functions, and they create a sense of velocity both through the literalallusions to movement but also through their poetic rhythm and character.
- “A gob of spit in the face of Art”: Language in Exile in the Parisian Novels of Henry Miller” by Rossitsa Terzieva-Artemis – „It is apparent Miller wrote with a clear intent to rule breakingbecause, as he would later acknowledge in an interview, “Whenever a taboo is broken, something good happens, something vitalizing” (The Paris Review). Remembered primarily as asubversive taboo-breaker, Miller was not interested in the moral or formative function of literature; rather, he possessed an innate interest in questioning conventional form and expressionin the wake of high Modernism and ahead of post-war literary experimentalism.”
- „Miller’s Henry and Henry’s Paris” by Katy Masuga – What is Paris to Miller? How does it contribute to Miller’s unique writing style?
- „Henry Miller: New Perspectives” by J.M. Decker -„Scholarly responses to Henry Miller’s works have never been numerous and for many years Miller was not a fashionable writer for literary studies. In fact, there exist only three collections of essays concerning Henry Miller’s oeuvre. Since these books appeared, a new generation of international Miller scholars has emerged, one that is re-energizing critical readings of this important American Modernist. Henry Miller: New Perspectives presents new essays on carefully chosen themes within Miller and his intellectual heritage to form the most authoritative collection ever published on this author (Amazon)”.
- Henry Miller’s „Mezzotints”: The Undiscovered Roots of „Tropic of Cancer” by Shifreen, Lawrence – Comments on the short story ‚Mezzotints’ written by Henry Miller. Use of metaphors; Description of the American personality; Views on the lifestyle of individuals
- „On the dehumanizing universe of Henry Miller’s Tropic of Cancer: the code of obscenity and its interaction with other elements” by Maxim Duleba – „The following article shows why Henry Miller’s novel Tropic of Cancer should not be labelled as a pornographic nor dehumanizing novel through the prism of a scientific and nonsentimental approach. The author of the article argues that even though Henry Miller creates in his novel a certain project of dehumanization, the article explains how usage of poetic language prevents Tropic of Cancer being a sexist insult to woman as often claimed by the feministic discourse of the 1980s and 1990s. Reacting to the popular and standardized interpretational traditions, the article contributes to the discourse about the dehumanizing aspects of Henry Miller’s novel by analysing the code of obscenity present in the materia of literary text. The code of obscenity is put into context with other features of materia of Miller’s text in order to explain how its specific “energy” functions. The author of the article applies the thinking of influential Russian literary scholars such as Mikhail Bakhtin and Yuri Lotman on the autonomous world of a literary text”.
- „‘Thedearestofcemeteries’:EuropeanintertextsinHenryMiller’s Tropicof Cancer ” by SARAH GARLAND – (Abstract) „This essay reads Henry Miller’s Tropic of Cancer (1934) as the trace of a belated expa-triate moment that forms an American literary nexus by drawing together a number of provocative European artistic contexts. Miller’s relationship to the rhetoric of themanifesto is discussed, as is the creation of a powerful literary persona and narrating voice from the traces of a tissue of intertextual quotations. Miller draws on contem- porary tropes of death, decadence and last things, and in the process, I argue, bringslate Romantic and early twentieth-century texts from Nietzsche, Spengler, Strindberg,Goethe, Joyce, Élie Faure and Giovanni Papini together to articulate a late apocalypticmodernism.”
- „MYSTICAL EROTICISM IN BATAILLE, MILLER, AND IKKYŪ” by Luke Studebaker Bowman – „This thesis uses Zen concepts to explore the similarities between erotic and mystical experience as represented by Georges Bataille’s Story of the Eye and The Impossible, Henry Miller’s Tropic of Cancer, and Ikkyū’s poetry. It argues that the moments of absolute erotic dissolution described literally or metaphorically within these texts signal authentic mystical awakenings. Mystical and erotic experiences push the individual beyond rational considerations, toward an absolute consciousness: a realization of impermanence, a sense of death, a feeling of oneness, and attention to the now. This work challenges the notion that mystical experience demands spiritual or moral purity”.
Videos, Movies & Adaptations:
Tropic of Cancer (1970) dir. Joseph Strick – American drama film directed by Joseph Strick and written by Betty Botley and Joseph Strick. It is based on Henry Miller’s autobiographical novel Tropic of Cancer. The film stars Rip Torn, James T. Callahan, David Baur, Laurence Lignères, Phil Brown and Dominique Delpierre. The film was released on February 27, 1970, by Paramount Pictures.
Henry Miller Interviews – Episode 3: Henry’s Thoughts on Women – „Henry Miller, author of „Tropic of Cancer”, was interviewed by Bradley Smith in 1969. This is an excerpt from those interviews… This is how Henry picked up women in France, and his thoughts about women in general…”
- The Henry Miller Odyssey (1969) – a documentary film on Henry Miller
- Henry Miller Recalls and Reflects [Interview 1956] (1/9)
Henry Miller Recalls and Reflects [Interview 1956] (2/9)
Henry Miller Recalls and Reflects [Interview 1956] (3/9)
Henry Miller Recalls and Reflects [Interview 1956] (4/9)
Henry Miller Recalls and Reflects [Interview 1956] (5/9)
Henry Miller Recalls and Reflects [Interview 1956] (6/9)
Henry Miller Recalls and Reflects [Interview 1956] (7/9)
Henry Miller Recalls and Reflects [Interview 1956] (8/9)
Henry Miller Recalls and Reflects [Interview 1956] (9/9)
– „This is a rare interview conducted in New York in 1956 with author Henry Miller and his friend Ben Grauer engaged in a lengthy, candid and insightful discussion about his life, his work and what it means to live the true life of the spirit.”
- Henry Miller: „Asleep and Awake” (aka. Bathroom Monologue) 1975 – „Filmed when Henry Miller was 81 years old, Henry Miller: Asleep & Awake is an intimate documentary in which the author speaks about writing, sex, spirituality, and New York. The film opens in Miller’s bathroom, a shrine covered with photos and drawings, where Miller graciously points out the highlights of his „gallery.” His voice is raspy as he talks about philosophers, writers, painters, and friends. The unique and prolific life of a singular American artist are beautifully captured in this film.”
Delta of Venus by Anaïs Nin
- Book Review – Delta of Venus – the review of the book
- Delta of Venus – Anais Nin – another review of the book
- BOOK REVIEW: ‘DELTA OF VENUS’ AND ‘LITTLE BIRDS,’ BY ANAIS NIN (NSFW) – Content Note: this review explicitly discusses erotica and pornography. It was originally published at www.lastwordblog.blogspot.com.
- Anais Nin’s Delta of Venus – Feminine Identity Through Pleasure – A Mini Analysis by Angela Meyer – Anais Nin’s stories in Delta of Venus were intended for a specific male client but it is possible to detect a feminine presence in the writing. Lynette Felber (1995) suggests that Nin called herself a feminine writer but nonetheless, wanted to grasp the male reader in her projects with Henry Miller and her erotic writings in Delta of Venus.
- DELTA OF VENUS: EROTICA – KIRKUS REVIEWS – The unknown client who paid Anais Nin a dollar a page back in the 1940s to write erotica got his money’s worth and to spare. After all, erotica is pornography with class, and Nih gives full measure of both: one feels her women who disrobe to some impetuous command were dressed in Paris, if not by Mainbocher at least in a Schiaparelli copy.
- Before Lena Dunham, there was Anaïs Nin – now patron saint of social media – The idea that Anaïs Nin could be widely regarded as inspirational would have been unthinkable even a few years ago – but the internet turned her work around
- Auletris: Long Lost Anaïs Nin Erotica – the official Anaïs Nin blog
- Third-Rail Erotica By Laura Frost – „Nin’s erotica has somehow earned a reputation as softcore or flowery, as compared to the macho “rigor” of her male contemporaries, like her lover Henry Miller or Georges Bataille, with his sophisticated philosoporn in Story of The Eye.”
- The deceptive nature of Delta of Venus by Anais Nin – „I found the Delta of Venus in the Bargain bin at Barnes and Noble on one of my almost daily visits. It was a steal at $5.96 and I endeavored to read it as soon as I was done with my current read, which was The Doors of Perception. I couldn’t start it after because, well, my mind was blown by Huxley’s candid and very vivid descriptions of his descent into his own mind. Reading an erotica book after that seemed so petty.”
- THE SACRED AND THE PROFANE: NIN, BARNES, AND THE AESTHETICS OF AMORALITY by Erin Dunbar – „Barnes’s Vagaries Malicieux, and Nin’s Delta of Venus, are examples the developing vision of female sex, and both authors use their literary techniques to accomplish their aesthetic vision of amorality. Nin’s visions are based on her and her friends’ extreme experiences. Her primary concern was expressing her erotic and amorally aesthetic gaze, and the results of her efforts are found in her aesthetic vision of Paris and the amoral lifestyle. Barnes uses metaphor and linguistics to fashion her aesthetic vision. Her technique in „Run, Girls, Run!” both subverts any sense of morality, and offers an interesting and challenging read for its audience. In „Vagaries Malicieux” Barnes’s Paris is dark while bright, and creates a sense of nothingness, indicated only by Barnes’s aesthetic appreciation.”
- SENSE OF TRANSCENDENCE IN THE WRITINGS OF ANAIS NIN – „Anais Nin advocated the earlier Transcendentalist tendency towards introspection forthe purpose of spiritual exploration and harmony. When one emerges out the self, he or she, inorder to transcend the state of existence, gives up the false roles that lead to conflict andturmoil. (…) Nin preserved sexuality as one of theessential aspects of her writing on the individual self, whereas the New EnglandTranscendentalists attempted to maintain peace with the sensory world through their faith inthe significance of nature and the universe.”
- Reviews the book ‚Delta of Venus: Erotica,’ by Anaïs Nin. – Review of the book by Carter III, Albert Howard
- „Reconsidering the body genre: rape-revenge and postfeminist softcore as biocultural phenomena” by Andrews, David King, Zalman (director) – (abstract) „Body genres represent ideal candidates for biocultural theorisation due to their almost universal effects on audiences. However, not all body genres can be interpreted at the formal level through a direct application of biological ideas; some require an indirect approach that emphasises cultural information as much as biological information. The article pursues this thesis by applying an understanding of heterosexual rape drawn from evolutionary psychology to the motifs of sexual coercion that structure two body genres: rape-revenge and postfeminist softcore. The biocultural approach may be applied in a direct way to rape-revenge, which has often been deemed offensive despite its critiques of male sexual coercion. This direct analysis may then be used as the foundation for a more indirect analysis of postfeminist softcore, a genre that stylises rape to remain inoffensive to women but in the process sacrifices its ability to critique the male aggression predicted by feminists and evolutionists alike.”
- Review of „Delta of Venus” by Leber, Michele M. – Review of the book by M. M. Leber (May 1, 1977)
- „Discourse and Intercourse, Design and Desire in the Erotica of Anaïs Nin” by Kamboureli, Smaro – an article about two books „Delta of Venus” and „Little Birds” in which the author makes a distinction between pornography and erotica, and tries to classify Nin’s books to the categories.
- „Anaïs Nin: A case study of personality disorder and creativity” by Kehagia, Angie A. – „Anaïs Nin, diarist and author of autobiographical novellas and erotica, and gregarious socialite, was known for her exotic persona and stormy personal life. The concept of personality disorder and the underlying assumption of the buffering capacity that personality affords to stressors are discussed. Against this background, evidence drawn from Nin’s diaries, short stories and two biographies suggests that she conformed to the diagnostic criteria of histrionic personality disorder (HPD), with comorbid borderline and narcissistic features, and numerous Axis I symptoms. The proposed origin of the overall dysfunctional histrionic pattern is attributed to her early developmental history, and the maladaptive cognitive mechanisms of dissociation and repression inferred from her writings and shown to conform to the HPD pattern. Finally, it is argued that while Nin may not have displayed the classic divergent cognitive style thought to underlie the association between schizotypy and creativity, her HPD psychopathology was pivotal in shaping her creative products, most famous of which is her diary.”
- ” ‚I am the Other Face of You’: Anais Nin, Fantasies and Femininity” by Tookey, Helen – „In Nin’s autobiographical fiction women project fantasies of self and femininity on to each other. Nin herself played this role for other women (fans and critics). The conflicts within Nin’s reception by fans and feminists in the 1970s is related to the wider conflict between radical and cultural feminism over notions of femininity. Websites devoted to Nin show that present-day fans relate to her as a liberating heroine; critical reviews of two 1990s biographies suggest an image of her as predatory ‚monster’, projecting on to her another set of fantasies of femininity. (Original abstract – amended) „
- Review of the Movie „Delta of Venus” ( 1995), dir. Zalman King – Review of the movie by New York TimesVideos, Movies & Adaptations:„Delta of Venus” (1995) dir. Zalman King – A struggling American writer (England) and a fellow American expatriate (Mandylor) begin a sordid affair among the chaos and discord of 1940 Paris, France on the brink of World War II.
Story of O by Pauline Reage
(Description by Amazon.com):
The notorious novel of dark obsession
How far will a woman go to express her love? In this exquisite novel of passion and desire, the answer emerges through a daring exploration of the deepest bonds of sensual domination. “O” is a beautiful Parisian fashion photographer, determined to understand and prove her consuming devotion to her lover, René, through complete submission to his every whim, his every desire.
It is a journey of forbidden, dangerous choices that sweeps her through the secret gardens of the sexual underground. From the inner sanctum of a private club where willing women are schooled in the art of subjugation to the excruciating embraces of René’s friend Sir Stephen, O tests the outermost limits of pleasure. For as O discovers, true freedom lies in her pure and complete willingness to do anything for love.
- „Nietzsche’s Aesthetics and Pauline Réage’s Story of O” by ROMANA BYRNE – „It is not surprising that Pauline Réage’s Story of O (Histoire d’O), which narrates a young woman’s sadomasochistic journey of sexual enslavement to a group of elite men, has been critiqued for its portrait of gender relations. What is surprising, however,
is that this concern has almost completely dominated scholarly engagement with the novel. Published in 1954, Story of O was immediately considered a classic work of erotic literature.”
- „PURLOINED O: OCCUPATION, COLLABORATION AND RESISTANCE IN DOMINIQUE AURY7S (PAULINE RÉAGE) STORY OF O, AS READ WITH JACQUES LACAN” by Shelley Newman – „Dominique Aury’s (Pauline Réage) Story of O is a contradictory and misunderstood text, resistant to interpretations that deny its paradoxes. As pornography written by a woman, it challenges and disrupts the authority of the phallus even as it seemingly reinscribes it in 0’s body and psyche, However, a woman writing about sexuality is a powefil woman in confronting her fantasy and placing herself as participant. Aury creates O to destroy her, the fantasy of submission describing (not prescnbing) women’s historie Iack of control over their identities and their bodies. O suicides into the art of the text, but art vitalizes her memory, suggesting that power, Iike desire, moves in a circuit, subverting the phallus and asserting the 0. By endorsing the circularity of desire’s path, Aury ffects a retum to the influence of the matemal space, the womb, which contains not the phallus but the infant self.”
- „I wrote the story of O”– The Guardian article on the writing of the „Story of O”
- „The Story Of O” Review – The Guardian Review by Peter Bradshaw
- „Much Affliction and Anguish of Heart: Story of O and Spirituality” by Bonnie Shullenberger – „This article discusses sadomasochism and spirituality in literature, focusing mainly on the book „Story of O,” by Pauline Réage. While „Story of O” has been the subject of academic speculation in regard to literary gender, and psycho-analytic theory, what has been less noted, except in passing, is its relation to spirituality. Contemporary advocates for sadomasochism urge the use of checklists of agreed-upon activities for individual „scenes” (as sadomasochistic encounters are named), and contracts delineating rights, responsibilities and limits, for long-term relationships.”
- ‘O, Really!’: Pauline Réage’s Histoire d’O – a chapter of the book „Forbidden Fictions: Pornography and Censorship in Twentieth-Century French Literature” on „Story of O”
- „The Big O” erotica in the canon– „The review of the book by Charles Paul Freund
- Videos, Movies & Adaptations:Historia O (1975) dir. Just Jaeckin – is a 1975 Franco-German erotic drama film directed by Just Jaeckin. The screenplay is an adaptation of the erotic novel Story of O published in 1954 by Pauline Réage.
Tropic of Capricorn by Henry Miller
Banned in America for almost thirty years because of its explicit sexual content, this companion volume to Miller’s Tropic of Cancer chronicles his life in 1920s New York City. Famous for its frank portrayal of life in Brooklyn’s ethnic neighborhoods and Miller’s outrageous sexual exploits, The Tropic of Capricorn is now considered a cornerstone of modern literature.
- „Finding the feminine: rethinking Henry Miller’s Tropics trilogy.(Tropic of Cancer, Tropic of Capricorn, and Black Spring)” by Palumbo, Allison – „By analyzing the three novels in Miller’s Tropics trilogy: Tropic of Cancer, Tropic of Capricorn, and Black Spring, I will clarify the subversive nature of Miller’s writing to show how his work reflects feminist interests for the way it undermines phallocentric values by envisioning individual expression outside of social constraints.”
- Tracey Emin and Henry Miller: a perfect match – „Her new covers for Tropic of Cancer and Tropic of Capricorn restore some of the book’s messy truth, usually effaced by soft-focus glamour” by Jessa Crispin
„It’s taken too long for Tracey Emin and Henry Miller to find each other. The artist has provided cover artwork for the new Penguin Modern Classics editions of Miller’s novels Tropic of Cancer and Tropic of Capricorn. They are scribbles and Schiele-esque swirls, shadowy dark smudges of bodies in motion. They are perfect.”
- La Révolte Enfantine: On Georges Bataille’s “La Morale de Miller” and Jean-Paul Sartre’s “Un Nouveau Mystique” by Blinder Caroline – „In 1946, Daniel Parker—the self-proclaimed “Président du Cartel d’Actions Sociales et Morales”—threatened to take legal action on the grounds of obscenity against the publication in French of Henry Miller’s Tropic of Cancer, Tropic of Capricorn, and Black Spring.1 The subsequent “Affaire Miller” brought Henry Miller’s authorship to the forefront of a literary debate on obscenity and censorship and resulted in the formation of a “Defense Committee for Miller and Free Expression.” Among its members were such literary figures as André Gide, Jean-Paul Sartre, André Breton, Paul Eluard, Robert Queaneau, and a number of other well-known writers.”
- BOOKS OF THE TIMES; 2 Views of Henry Miller, One Harsh and One Not – an article by New York Times Michiko Kakutani: „With „Tropic of Cancer,” „Tropic of Capricorn,” „Black Spring” and later the three volumes of „The Rosy Crucifixion” („Sexus,” „Plexus” and „Nexus”), Henry Miller blasted the bounds of conventional morality and the rules of literary convention. The books, which were banned in America until the 1960’s, combined the exuberant egotism of Whitman with the outrageous invective of Celine, and they created an antic, boastful portrait of the author as lover, barbarian, seer, seeker and sexual conquistador.”
- Tropic of Capricorn – Review of the book „Tropic of Capricorn” by Henry Miller written by Carvalho, Edward J.
- ‘Tropic of Capricorn’ Ruled Obscene by Athens Court – an article by The New York Times on banning the „Tropic of Capricorn”
- ‘Ideal Street’ Seeks Eternal Life – The New York Times article „THERE are a few places on Driggs and Roebling Avenues, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, where it is possible to see all of Fillmore Place, a one-block street that connects the two. One such spot, on Driggs, is next to a three-story brick building best known as the early home of the writer Henry Miller.”
- On an Old Book about Henry Miller – (Abstract) The article shares the author’s love for the book „The Happy Rock,” by Bern Porter. The book is a collection of contributions about Henry Miller collected by Porter from a wide variety of sources to promote awareness on Miller as a writer and a person. The book came about after Porter was sent on a business trip to England and Paris where he met Gertrude Stein who gave him a deeper sense of language. It notes how the book shows how much Miller’s work meant to many literary people.
- „Henry Miller : a life” by Ferguson, Robert – A biography of the author of Tropic of Cancer, Tropic of Capricorn, The Rosy Crucifixion, and many others. It gives a glimpse into the complex and daunting life of the writer
- Encyclopedia of Sexual Behavior and the Law: Henry Miller – „Although Henry Miller’s sexually provocative books Tropic of Cancer and Tropic of Capricorn were written in the 1930s,they played a key role in the evolution of the law regarding sexual behavior in the 1960s. The U.S. Supreme Court heldin 1964, without issuing an opinion, that Tropic of Cancer was no longer regarded as obscene.”
- Crossing Brooklyn Bridge: An Ekphrastic Correspondence between Walt Whitman, Hart Crane and Henry Miller by Katy Masuga – (Abstract) „The author analyzes a selection of literary works of Walt Whitman, Hart Crane and Henry Miller which establishes an intertextual dialogue among the authors. She indicates that the three authors share a kind of call and response correspondence in their writings, mixed with an ekphrastic element in the literary text, that of the Brooklyn Bridge. It explores the level of influence that is present in the form of ekphrasis to determine the relation between these writers created as a series of correspondences.”
- Greatest Living Patagonian – Review of the „Tropic” books
- „The Five Henry Millers A Personal Essay on Approaching the Story of Henry Miller” by D.A. Pratt – (Abstract) „An essay is presented on approaching the story and writing of author Henry Miller. Topics include major books of Henry Miller include „Tropic of Cancer,” „Tropic of Capricorn” and „Black Spring,” Topics include the pre-Paris Henry Miller stated to clearly possesses the man’s formative years, his earliest experiences in many, many areas, including his first two marriages and Miller stated to have created one of the great moments of twentieth-century literature.”
- „Movement, Sensation, and Perception The Wanderings of the Artist and the Emergence of Modern Urbanity” by Francesco Bozzi – (Abstract) „The article explores the novels „Hunger,” by Knut Hamsun, „A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man,” by James Joyce, and „Tropic of Cancer-Tropic of Capricorn,” by Henry Miller, as prototypical exemplification of the Modernist approach to urban life. Topics discussed include depiction of monoperspectival experiences of young, bourgeois, white men who move in their theoretically most congenial habitat, and use of autobiographical form to imply that the artist has a different role.”