Tag Archives: Henry Miller

the particular matters; quotes from famous authors

    “To see a World in a Grain of Sand And a Heaven in a Wild Flower, Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand And Eternity in an hour.” — William Blake, “Auguries of Innocence”   “If the … Continue reading

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my Henry Miller books

    The attached Word document (below) contains an inventory of books by and about Henry Miller in my personal library. Henry Miller (1891-1980) was an American writer who wrote several of his best known works as an expatriate in … Continue reading

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Roger W. Smith, “A Commentary on Nathaniel Philbrick’s Observations about ‘Moby-Dick'”

  I have been reading Nathaniel Philbrick’s Why Read Moby-Dick? (2011). Philbrick is a great admirer of Herman Melville. He states, in the first chapter, that he has read Melville’s novel Moby-Dick “at least a dozen times.” I read Moby-Dick … Continue reading

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Henry Miller and Sherwood Anderson

  Henry Miller was a fervent admirer of Sherwood Anderson. The two writers met two or three times, briefly — according to Miller, “in the last year of his [Anderson’s] life.” In a Paris Review interview, Miller said: Of all … Continue reading

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Roger W. Smith, “‘dirty’ books”

  There was a cheap mass market paperback book on the living room bookshelf in our house in Cambridge, Massachusetts in the 1950’s – I would guess it was my mother’s because she was the parent with literary tastes: a … Continue reading

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Henry Miller

    (Note: a downloadable Word document of this essay is attached below.)       In my late high school years, I read Henry Miller’s Tropic of Capricorn in a recently published Grove Press paperback with a bright red … Continue reading

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Henry Miller on total love, man for woman

I said to myself over and over that if a man, a sincere and desperate man like myself, loves a woman with all his heart, if he is ready to cut off his ears and mail them to her, if … Continue reading

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