Information about Henry Miller

American writer whose autobiographical novels had a liberating influence on mid-20th century literature. Because of the frank portrayals of sexuality, Miller's major novels have been banned in several countries. In the 1960s Miller became one of the most widely read US authors. In his autobiographical works Miller created a myth out of his own life, about a free-spirited, penniless American writer who has a number of affairs and spends his time between New York and Paris.

n 1942 he moved to California and lived from 1947 in Big Sur on California coast. "It is my belief that the immature artist seldom thrives in idyllic surroundings," wrote Miller in BIG SUR AND THE ORANGES OF HIERONYMUS BOSCH (1957). "If an art colony is established here it will go the way all the others. Artists never thrive in colonies. Ants do. What the budding artists needs is the privilege of wrestling with his problems in solitude - and now and then a piece of red meat."

In 1967 he married a young Japanese cabaret singer, Hiroko "Hoki" Tokuda, who refused to have sex with the old writer. They divorced in 1977. She later ran a Tokyo night-club called 'Tropic of Cancer'.

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The Art of Fiction no.28: Henry Miller Paris Review Interview with George Wickes? 1962