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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (23,353 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Henry Miller Narrator: Campbell Scott Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Now hailed as an American classic, Tropic of Cancer, Henry Miller's masterpiece, was banned as obscene in this country for twenty-seven years after its first publication in Paris in 1943. Only a historic court ruling that changed American censorship standards, ushering in a new era of freedom and frankness in modern literature, permitted the publication of this first volume of Miller's famed mixture of memoir and fiction, which chronicles with unapologetic gusto, the bawdy adventures of a young expatriate writer, his friends, and the characters they meet in Paris in the 1930s. Tropic of Cancer is now considered, as Norman Mailer said, "one of the ten or twenty great novels of our century."

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Quotes & Awards

  • “I earnestly counsel anyone who has not done so to read… Tropic of Cancer.” 

    George Orwell

  • “A momentous event in the history of modern writing.”

    Samuel Beckett 

  • “I read Tropic of Cancer a month ago. It seems to me to be a really excellent piece of work.” 

    H.L. Mencken 

  • “Mr. Miller’s first and best novel.” 

    Anatole Broyard

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A 2008 Listen Up Award Editor's Choice
  • One of Modern Library‘s 100 Best English-Language Novels of the Twentieth Century
  • One of Time Magazine's Best 100 English-Language Novels from 1923–2005

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tanya | 2/15/2014

    " Very steamy! Interesting portrayal of America from an ex-pat's perspective. America is viewed as fast, corporate and dull while the author seems conflicted about his feelings of Paris. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by walker | 2/5/2014

    " The more I read, the more the prose just blew me away. Can't deny how much Miller has influenced my favorite authors of today, in any case. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Candace | 1/30/2014

    " Boring, along with Tropic of Capricorn. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Anne | 1/17/2014

    " If you usually read books for plot or character development like me, this isn't the book for you. However, if you want to have a feeling of the underbelly of Paris in the 1930's through the eyes of an American squandering all of his money away on prostitutes and alcohol, this could be a good choice. I lost interest during many of his ramblings, but he certainly has some good existential insights, as well as comments about European vs. American ways of life. "

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About the Author
Author Henry Miller

Henry Miller (1891–1980) was born in New York City and raised in Brooklyn. He lived in Europe, particularly Paris, Berlin, the south of France, and Greece; in New York; and in Beverly Glen, Big Sur, and Pacific Palisades, California, where he died. He is also the author, among many other works, of Tropic of Capricorn, the Rosy Crucifixion trilogy (Sexus, Plexus, Nexus), and The Air-Conditioned Nightmare. Many of his novels, including Tropic of Cancer and Tropic of Capricorn, were banned in the United States until almost thirty years after their initial publication in France. The United States’ publication of Tropic of Cancer in 1961 sparked uproar that led to a number of obscenity trials. One of the early indications of how important Miller’s career would prove to be came in 1940, when George Orwell wrote an essay entitled Inside the Whale in which he praised Miller.