Henry Miller

1891 - 1980

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Henry Valentine Miller (December 26, 1891 – June 7, 1980) was an American novelist, short story writer and essayist. He broke with existing literary forms and developed a new type of semi-autobiographical novel that blended character study, social criticism, philosophical reflection, stream of consciousness, explicit language, sex, surrealist free association, and mysticism. His most characteristic works of this kind are Tropic of Cancer, Black Spring, Tropic of Capricorn, and the trilogy The Rosy Crucifixion, which are based on his experiences in New York City and Paris (all of which were banned in the United States until 1961). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Henry Miller has received more than 3,293,981 page views. His biography is available in 65 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 61 in 2019). Henry Miller is the 344th most popular writer (down from 264th in 2019), the 321st most popular biography from United States (down from 234th in 2019) and the 27th most popular American Writer.

Henry Miller is most famous for his novels Tropic of Cancer and Tropic of Capricorn.

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Notable Works

Tropic of Capricorn
Tropic of Cancer
The books in my life
Black spring


Among writers, Henry Miller ranks 344 out of 7,302Before him are Wilhelm Grimm, Callimachus, Nâzım Hikmet, Doris Lessing, Arthur Schnitzler, and Luqman. After him are Marguerite Yourcenar, Apollonius of Rhodes, Max Brod, Karl May, Ezra Pound, and Joseph Brodsky.

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Among people born in 1891, Henry Miller ranks 14Before him are Max Ernst, Nelly Sachs, Edith Stein, James Chadwick, John Howard Northrop, and Pär Lagerkvist. After him are Otto Dix, Rudolf Carnap, Rafael Trujillo, Genrikh Yagoda, Helmuth Weidling, and Walther Bothe. Among people deceased in 1980, Henry Miller ranks 16Before him are Bon Scott, Oskar Kokoschka, Steve McQueen, Jesse Owens, Colonel Sanders, and Joe Dassin. After him are Tamara de Lempicka, Marshall McLuhan, Gianni Rodari, Peter Sellers, Vladimir Vysotsky, and Alexei Kosygin.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Henry Miller ranks 321 out of 20,380Before him are J. P. Morgan (1837), Claude Shannon (1916), James Buchanan (1791), Grover Cleveland (1837), Paul Samuelson (1915), and George Westinghouse (1846). After him are Ted Kaczynski (1942), Angelina Jolie (1975), Zachary Taylor (1784), Ezra Pound (1885), Stevie Wonder (1950), and Warren G. Harding (1865).

Among WRITERS In United States

Among writers born in United States, Henry Miller ranks 27Before him are Philip K. Dick (1928), Emily Dickinson (1830), Pearl S. Buck (1892), Gertrude Stein (1874), Coen brothers (null), and David Woodard (1964). After him are Ezra Pound (1885), Louise Glück (1943), James Fenimore Cooper (1789), Margaret Mitchell (1900), Mario Puzo (1920), and Paul Auster (1947).