Tropic of Cancer. Henry Miller.
Tropic of Cancer
Tropic of Cancer
Tropic of Cancer
Tropic of Cancer
Tropic of Cancer

Tropic of Cancer

New York, NY: Grove Press, Inc., 1961. First American Trade Edition. Hardcover. ""For me," says Lawrence Durrell, "Tropic of Cancer stands beside Moby Dick." T.S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, George Orwell, and Edmund Wilson- these and many other leading writers of our time have characterized Tropic of Cancer as a modern American Classic. Yet it has taken twenty-seven years for Henry Miller's most important and, in the opinion of some, best work to be published in his own country...Tropic of Cancer was first published in Paris in 1934. "In that first year or two, in Paris," its author recalls, "I was literally annihilated. There was nothing left of the writer I had hoped to be, only the writer I had to be. (In finding my way I found my voice.) The Tropic of Cancer is a blood-soaked testament revealing the ravages of my struggle in the womb of death." " (from front flap) The famously innovative, unprecedentedly explicit novel by Henry Miller (1891-1980), the great American writer & artist whose work was a most influential precedent for the Beat Generation, particularly its Founding Father Jack Kerouac. First authorized American trade edition, hardcover in unclipped dust jacket, first printing as stated on copyright page. A production of Barney Rosset's fearless Grove Press imprint, which championed authors as daring as they were brilliant, including Miller & William S. Burroughs. Very similarly in time & circumstances as with WSB's Naked Lunch (Grove edition, 1962), this edition of Tropic of Cancer endured a gauntlet of obscenity trials & was finally allowed to be fully circulated three years after this publication (1964). With a lengthy, insightful introduction by the great American poet Karl Shapiro (1913-2000); & an impassioned preface by Anais Nin (1903-1977), the great French-American diarist who shared the bohemian life of Paris with Miller during the 1930s that they both depict in their works, which begins: "Here is a book which, if such a thing were possible, might restore our appetite for the fundamental realities. The predominant note will seem one of bitterness, and bitterness there is, to the full. But there is also a wild extravagance, a mad gaiety, a verve, a gusto, at times almost a delirium. A continual oscillation between extremes, with bare stretches that taste like brass and leave the full flavor of emptiness. It is beyond optimism or pessimism. The author has given us the last frisson. Pain has no more secret recesses." (pg. xxxi) An iconic classic of avant-garde American & world literature, very rare & desirable in this first hard-won "legitimate" form. Book in fine condition with mild wear & rubbing to edges & corners of front, back covers & spine; light rubbing, scratching & spotting to esp. side & lower edges of text block; light scratching & fading to black-dyed edge of same esp. nearest side-edge. Interior very fine with only a touch of browning & some light spotting to blank paste-downs & endpapers; miniscule bumps at upper corners & edges of a few page leaves. Unrestored dust jacket relatively near-fine with mild rubbing, scratching & creasing to front, back covers, spine & flaps; mild-to-moderate wear, tiny bumps & creases at thin edges & corners of same incl. several very short, closed tears; original printed price of $7.50 near upper right corner of front flap lightly crossed-out with purple ink, "549" hand-written below it in same ink, also crossed out in pencil; spine-edges & margins of blank inner jacket with neatly applied clear tape reinforcement (not at all visible on front side); light browning & some blue spotting at edges & surfaces of same (again not penetrating or visible on front side). Fine / Near Fine. [Item #4507]

Price: $250.00