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Best Henry Miller Books: The Ultimate List

There are countless Henry Miller courses, tutorials, articles available online, but for some, having a book is still a necessity to learn. This is an up-to-date list of recommended books.

1. The Colossus of Maroussi (Second Edition) (New Directions Paperbook) (2010)

Best Henry Miller Books: The Ultimate ListHenry Miller’s landmark travel book, now reissued in a new edition, is ready to be stuffed into any vagabond’s backpack. Like the ancient colossus that stood over the harbor of Rhodes, Henry Miller’s The Colossus of Maroussi stands as a seminal classic in travel literature.  It has preceded the footsteps of prominent travel writers such as Pico Iyer and Rolf Potts. The book Miller would later cite as his favorite began with a young woman’s seductive description of Greece. Miller headed out with his friend Lawrence Durrell to explore the Grecian countryside:…
Author(s): Henry Miller , Will Self, et al.

2. Tropic of Cancer (2015)

Best Henry Miller Books: The Ultimate List2015 Reprint of 1961 Edition. Full facsimile of the original edition. Not reproduced with Optical Recognition Software. “Tropic of Cancer” 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 re-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…
Author(s): Henry Miller, Anais Nin

3. Big Sur and the Oranges of Hieronymus Bosch (1957)

Best Henry Miller Books: The Ultimate ListIn his great triptych “The Millennium,” Bosch used oranges and other fruits to symbolize the delights of Paradise. Whence Henry Miller’s title for this, one of his most appealing books; first published in 1957, it tells the story of Miller’s life on the Big Sur, a section of the California coast where he lived for fifteen years. Big Sur is the portrait of a place―one of the most colorful in the United States―and of the extraordinary people Miller knew there: writers (and writers who did not write), mystics seeking truth in meditation (and the not-so-saintly looking for sex-cults…
Author(s): Henry Miller

4. Sexus: The Rosy Crucifixion I (1994)

Best Henry Miller Books: The Ultimate ListThe first book of a trilogy of novels known collectively as “The Rosy Crucifixion”. It is autobiographical and tells the story of Miller’s first tempestuous marriage and his relentless sexual exploits in New York. The other books are “Plexus” and “Nexus”….
Author(s): Henry Miller

5. The Wisdom of the Heart (2016)

Best Henry Miller Books: The Ultimate ListAn essential collection of writings, bursting with Henry Miller’s exhilarating candor and wisdomIn this selection of stories and essays, Henry Miller elucidates, revels, and soars, showing his command over a wide range of moods, styles, and subject matters. Writing “from the heart,” always with a refreshing lack of reticence, Miller involves the reader directly in his thoughts and feelings. “His real aim,” Karl Shapiro has written, “is to find the living core of our world whenever it survives and in whatever manifestation, in art, in literature,…
Author(s): Henry Miller

6. Stand Still Like the Hummingbird (New Directions Paperbook) (1962)

Best Henry Miller Books: The Ultimate ListOne of Henry Miller’s most luminous statements of his personal philosophy of life, Stand Still Like the Hummingbird, provides a symbolic title for this collection of stories and essays. Many of them have appeared only in foreign magazines while others were printed in small limited editions which have gone out of print.  Miller’s genius for comedy is at its best in “Money and How It Gets That Way”―a tongue-in-cheek parody of “economics” provoked by a postcard from Ezra Pound which asked if he “ever thought about money.” His deep concern for the role of the artist in society appears in “An Open Letter to All and Sundry,”…
Author(s): Henry Miller

7. Daisy Miller (Webster’s Chinese-Traditional Thesaurus Edition) (2006)

Best Henry Miller Books: The Ultimate ListThis edition is written in English. However, there is a running Chinese-Traditional thesaurus at the bottom of each page for the more difficult English words highlighted in the text. There are many editions of Daisy Miller. This edition would be useful if…
Author(s): Henry James

8. Henry Miller on Writing (New Directions Paperbook) (1964)

Best Henry Miller Books: The Ultimate List“A brilliant selection . . . it is in short a voyage of discovery, an adventure and this the log of that voyage in the life of a probing and powerful writer.” ―Robert R. Kirsch, Los Angeles Times Some of the most rewarding pages in Henry Miller’s books concern his self-education as a writer. He tells, as few great writers ever have, how he set his goals, how he discovered the excitement of using words, how the books he read influenced him, and how he learned to draw on his own experience….
Author(s): Henry Miller

9. Tropic of Cancer (Penguin Modern Classics) (2001)

Best Henry Miller Books: The Ultimate ListShocking banned and the subject of obscenity trials Henry Millers first novel Tropic of Cancer is one of the most scandalous and influential books of the twentieth century new to Penguin Modern Classics with a cover by Tracey Emin Tropic of Cancer redefined the novel Set in Paris in the 1930s it features a starving American writer who lives a bohemian life among prostitutes pimps and artists Banned in the US and the UK for more than thirty years because it was considered pornographic Tropic of Cancer continued to be distributed in France and smuggled into other…
Author(s): Henry Miller

10. Black Spring (1994)

Best Henry Miller Books: The Ultimate ListContinuing the subversive self-revelation begun in Tropic of Cancer and Tropic of Capricorn, Henry Miller takes readers along a mad, free-associating journey from the damp grime of his Brooklyn youth to the sun-splashed cafes and squalid flats of Paris. With incomparable glee, Miller shifts effortlessly from Virgil to venereal disease, from Rabelais to Roquefort. In this seductive technicolor swirl of Paris and New York, he captures like no one else the blending of people and the cities they inhabit….
Author(s): Henry Miller

11. The Air-Conditioned Nightmare (New Directions Paperbook) (1970)

Best Henry Miller Books: The Ultimate ListHis stories and essays celebrate those rare individuals (famous and obscure) whose creative resilience and mere existence oppose the mechanization of minds and souls. In 1939, after ten years as an expatriate, Henry Miller returned to the United States with a keen desire to see what his native land was really like―to get to the roots of the American nature and experience. He set out on a journey that was to last three years, visiting many sections of the country and making friends of all descriptions. The Air-Conditioned Nightmare is the result of that odyssey….
Author(s): Henry Miller

12. The Books in My Life (New Directions Paperbook) (1969)

Best Henry Miller Books: The Ultimate ListIn this unique work, Henry Miller gives an utterly candid and self-revealing account of the reading he did during his formative years.  Some writers attempt to conceal the literary influences which have shaped their thinking––but not Henry Miller. In The Books in My Life he shares the thrills of discovery that many kinds of books have brought to a keenly curious and questioning mind. Some of Miller’s favorite writers are the giants whom most of us revere––authors such as Dostoeyvsky, Boccaccio, Walt Whitman, James Joyce, Thomas Mann,…
Author(s): Henry Miller

13. Nexus: The Rosy Crucifixion, Book 3 (1965)

Best Henry Miller Books: The Ultimate ListNexus, the last book of Henry Miller’s epic trilogy The Rosy Crucifixion, is widely considered to be one of the landmarks of American fiction. In it, Miller vividly recalls his many years as a down-and-out writer in New York City, his friends, mistresses, and the unusual circumstances of his eventful life….
Author(s): Henry Miller

14. Tropic of Capricorn (1939)

Best Henry Miller Books: The Ultimate ListPaperback Publisher: Obelisk Press; First Edition edition (1939) ASIN: B000M636XK Shipping Weight: 1 pounds Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 82 customer reviews Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?…
Author(s): Henry Miller

Best Henry Miller Books: The Ultimate List

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The only rule is it has to work : our wild experiment building a new kind of baseball team

Author(s): Miller, Sam; Lindbergh, Ben
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company, Year: 2016, Size: 7 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2085029

Henry Miller: New Perspectives

Author(s): James M. Decker, Indrek Manniste, Louis A. Renza
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic, Year: 2015, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1323331

Equity Asset Valuation

Author(s): Jerald E. Pinto, Elaine Henry, Thomas R. Robinson, John D. Stowe, Paul F. Miller Jr.
Publisher: Wiley, Year: 2015, Size: 12 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1535766

Unknown Henry Miller : from obscurity to celebrity -the big sur years

Author(s): Hoyle, Arthur
Publisher: Arcade Publishing; W W Norton, Year: 2014, Size: 2 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2090654

Henry Miller: The Inhuman Artist: A Philosophical Inquiry

Author(s): Indrek Manniste
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic, Year: 2013, Size: 867 Kb, Download: pdf
ID: 1390381

Henry Miller, the inhuman artist : a philosophical inquiry

Author(s): Manniste, Indrek; Miller, Henry
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic, Year: 2013, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1425573

Please note that this booklist is not definite. Some books are truly chart-busters according to Chicago Tribune, others are written by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant resources you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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