Henry Miller by Robert Ferguson
A Life

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“In this engrossing biography Ferguson measures the cheerful amoralist of Tropic of Cancer and The Rosy Crucifixion against the guilt-ridden, insecure male in revolt against his bourgeois Brooklyn family. . . . The Miller in these pages is neither the macho bully portrayed by feminists nor the adolescent sexual philosopher dismissed by the academic establishment, but a ‘unique…and necessary literary figure,’ a popular American sage….Richly rewarding.” —Publishers Weekly

The only biography Henry Miller ever wanted was the one he himself wrote in the brash, life-affirming fictions of The Tropic of Capricorn, The Tropic of Cancer, and The Rosy Crucifixion. But Robert Ferguson’s new biography tells a different tale; for where the novels are sexually explicit and brutally frank—woundingly so to those close to Miller—they are also the fantasies of a man escaping from his past, and from himself.
 

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Ferguson is cofounder of the Rape Awareness and Prevention Organization. He is a former marine sergeant and military police officer. He also teaches, lectures and consults.
 
Published March 7, 1991 by Hutchinson. 397 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Of two biographies of Henry Miller to be published in the same month (See Robert Ferguson's Henry Miller, below), this is the easier, more flowing read, though not necessarily the better book.

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A charismatic of superhuman generosity, with a great gathering of ``friends.'' Miller nonetheless drew these friends harshly in his novels, so much so that one old school friend from Brooklyn wrote his own ``honest and warm'' memoir of Miller and called him hard, unfeeling, vicious, and monstrous...

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In this engrossing biography Ferguson measures the cheerful amoralist of Tropic of Cancer and The Rosy Crucifixion against the guilt-ridden, insecure male in revolt against his bourgeois Brooklyn family.

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These two levelheaded biographies of Henry Miller, by Robert Ferguson;

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