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On Henry Miller: Or, How to Be an Anarchist (Writers on Writers)

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An engaging invitation to rediscover Henry Miller--and to learn how his anarchist sensibility can help us escape "the air-conditioned nightmare" of the modern world

The American writer Henry Millers critical reputation--if not his popular readership--has been in eclipse at least since Kate Milletts blistering critique in Sexual Politics, her landmark 1970 study of misogyny in literature and art. Even a Miller fan like the acclaimed Scottish writer John Burnside finds Millers sex books--including The Rosy Crucifixion, Tropic of Cancer, and Tropic of Capricorn--boring and embarrassing. But Burnside says that Millers notorious image as a pornographer and woman hater has hidden his vital, true importance--his anarchist sensibility and the way it shows us how, by fleeing from conformity of all kinds, we may be able to save ourselves from the air-conditioned nightmare of the modern world.

Miller wrote that there is no salvation in becoming adapted to a world which is crazy, and in this short, engaging, and personal book, Burnside shows how Miller teaches us to become less adapted to the world, to resist a life sentence to the prison of social, intellectual, emotional, and material conditioning. Exploring the full range of Millers work, and giving special attention to The Air-Conditioned Nightmare and The Colossus of Maroussi, Burnside shows how, with humor and wisdom, Miller illuminates the misunderstood tradition of anarchist thought. Along the way, Burnside reflects on Rimbauds enormous influence on Miller, as well as on how Rimbaud and Miller have influenced his own writing.

An unconventional and appealing account of an unjustly neglected writer, On Henry Miller restores to us a figure whose searing criticism of the modern world has never been more relevant.

On Henry Miller: Or, How to Be an Anarchist (Writers on Writers)

Author: John Burnside

Language: English

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 208

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Publication Date: 2018-03-27

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