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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (7,583 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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Banned in the United States 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, Tropic of Capricorn is now considered a cornerstone of modern literature.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “There is nothing like Henry Miller when he gets rolling…One has to take the language back to Marlowe and Shakespeare before encountering a wealth of imagery equal in intensity.”

    Norman Mailer, New York Times bestselling author

  • “American literature today begins and ends with the meaning of what Miller has done.” 

    Lawrence Durell, New York Times bestselling author

  • “A superb entertainment that brings in jeremiads, casual lyrics, and sudden reaches toward the spiritual core of life.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Miller has once and for all blasted away the very foundation of human hypocrisy—moral, social, and political…The grandest passages are the scenes of lovemaking. They join in a grand paean to all that is still joyous, healthy, happy, and affirmative.”


  • “Campbell Scott might possibly be a narrative deadringer for the eponymous protagonist in Henry Miller’s semi-autobiographical Tropic of Capricorn. Scott’s dry, languorous, and lovely voice, which he uses for most of this book, hits all of Miller’s cynical but observant notes as he describes the great muddle and mess of humanity around him in New York City during the 1920s.”


Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Danielle | 2/10/2014

    " Another great book by Mr. Miller! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jason Koo | 2/10/2014

    " A masterpiece of style, the voice so huge and riveting you keep turning the pages despite the total absence of anything resembling a novelistic structure. An epic poem in prose, not a novel. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Bobby | 1/31/2014

    " I'd never read Henry Miller before. I don't understand the appeal. His quasi-philosophical ramblings go on for pages and pages. It's like two separate books intertwined. There's a few pages of plot, of events, of decipherable narrative, then there's several pages of long winded metaphysical nonsense cloaked in the false legitimacy of "literature." If he were to cut the latter, I could have finished this. Of course, then I don't know what would set him apart from a host of other alcoholic, misogynistic, "outsider" American writers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Simon Eeles | 1/22/2014

    " This is the first book I have read by Henry Miller. I like his fearless honesty and his apparent ability to write with total authenticity about his life as he experiences it. It is amoral, sexual and infused with great human compassion. I think his candour was unique and expansive and ahead of his time. In my experience I would describe his writing as ground breaking. "

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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.