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Charting Miller’s cultivation of his esoteric ideas from boyhood and adolescence to later in his career, Calonne examines how Miller remained deeply engaged with a variety of philosophies, from astrology and Gnosticism to Eastern thinkers. Calonne describes not only the effects this had on Miller’s work, but also to his complex and volatile life—his marriages and love affairs with Beatrice Wickens, June Mansfield, and Anaïs Nin; his years in Paris; and the journey to Greece that resulted in the travelogue The Colossus of Maroussi, the book Miller considered to be his greatest work. After discussing Miller’s final residences in Big Sur and the Pacific Palisades in California, Calonne considers the author’s involvement in the arts, love of painting and music, and friendships with a number of classical musicians. Miller, Calonne reveals, was a quirky, charismatic man of genius who continues to influence popular culture today.
Highlighting many areas of the author’s life that have previously been neglected, Henry Miller takes a fascinating revisionary approach to the work of one of American’s most controversial and iconic writers.
Table of Contents
1. Paradiise in the 14th Ward, 1891-1908
2. Go West, Young Man, 1909-19
3. Cosmodemonia, Mona, the Daimon of Writing, 1920-29
4. Finding his Genius: Paris, 1930-39
5. The Exile Returns: Air-Conditioned Nightmare and Big Sur Dream, 1940-51
6. Magus on the Mountain, Tropics Triumphant, 1952-62
7. Fame and Insomnia in Pacific Palisades, 1963-71
8. On the Way to Devachan, 1972-80