Thailand Footprint: The People, Things, Literature, and Music of Thailand and the Region

I recently added this to my library and hope to report on it later this year. This shows the original cover and art work of Henry Miller’s, Tropic of Cancer. Note the bottom warning: Not To Be Imported Into Great Britain Or U.S.A. – How times change in sixty years.

Banned Book Shop

Tropic of Cancer is a novel by Henry Miller that has been described as “notorious for its candid sexuality” and as responsible for the “free speech that we now take for granted in literature”. It was first published in 1934 by the Obelisk Press in Paris, France, but this edition was banned in the United States. Its publication in 1961 in the U.S. by Grove Press led to obscenity trials that tested American laws on pornography in the early 1960s. In 1964, the U.S. Supreme Court declared the book non-obscene. It is widely regarded as an important masterpiece of 20th-century literature.

Not for the feint of heart…but a must have for any avid banned books collector, and absolute stomach turning classic!

Pick it up here (NSFW)


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4 Responses to “Tropic of Cancer – Henry Miller”

  1. Rajiv

    I read The Tropic of Cancer (and the Sexus… trilogy) years back, when my mind was too immature for Miller. I focussed only on the sexuality at that time. Maybe, I should pick up the books again.
    I did come across an interesting quote from Miller, “”I had to arrive at the brink and then take a leap into the dark”

  2. Kevin Cummings

    Thanks for the quote and the comment, Rajiv. I’ve always found Henry to be a tough read, for me. I’m currently reading his new Biography: The Unknown Henry Miller – A Seeker in Big Sur. So far, so good …


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