The Ever-Shifting Canon of American Literature

Henry Miller may not be the best writer, but he was a great liver. Tropic of Cancer is so live, and although his prose isn’t as balanced and powerful as, say, Henry James’, he has a great vocabulary. I wonder if his writing will ever be included in a Norton. I found the third edition… Continue reading The Ever-Shifting Canon of American Literature

Why Read Henry Miller

It is interesting to me that Henry Miller does not have a greater reputation in classic literature. Perhaps it was because he was so amoral, in the conventional sense. But who is to say what is amoral? Having sex with someone without remembering their name? I think that can be just the opposite, the most… Continue reading Why Read Henry Miller