Tropic of Capicorn Author:Henry Miller Tropic of Capricorn - A Semi-Autobiographical and One Time Controversial Risque Novel by Henry Miller - 1961 Grove Press Hardcover Book no dust jacket, not sure it had one??? — Tropic of Capricorn, at one time a very controversial and risque novel, was written by American author Henry Miller and first published in 1938 in Paris. It was a semi-a... more »utobiographical novel, and was banned in the United States for including obscene content until 1961, when Grove Press in New York City published it. This copy appears to be a first edition of that Grove Press publication.
Miller quoted the "Foreword to Historia Calamitatum" by Peter Abelard (Peter Abelard was a multifaceted character - abbot, theologian, and philosopher - who lived in France in the late 11th to early 12th centuries) as an apt forward to this book, as follows:
“Often the hearts of men and women are stirred, as likewise they are soothed in their sorrows, more by example than by words. And therefore, because I too have known some consolation from speech had with one who was a witness thereof, am I now minded to write of the sufferings which have sprung out of my misfortunes, for the eyes of one who, though absent, is of himself ever a consoler. This I do so that, in comparing your sorrows with mine, you may discover that yours are in truth nought, or at the most but of small account, and so shall you come to bear them more easily.”« less