This is an astonishing account of what it means to grow to manhood in modern America. Nothing like it, nothing even remotely approaching it, has ever been published in this country. Long banned because of its unprecedented frankness about sex, it gives complete expression to its author's determination to face everything in life without evasion, and to accept everything without reservation.
First published in Paris in 1939, five years after "Tropic of Cancer", "Capricorn" takes the fictional autobiography of one of America's greatest writers back to earlier days, before the Paris vagabondage that produced "Cancer". Here Henry Miller writes about the youthful years in Brooklyn, the job as employment manager for the "Cosmodemonic Telegraph Company," the first loves and the riotous sex episodes of the twenties. he gives us the New Yo!
rk he knew before he went to Paris to become a writer, and peoples it with those fabulous Miller characters, riotously funny, shockingly coarse, totally different from all the characters of polite literature and thus amazingly true and real.
But most of all he writes about himself. No other book by Henry Miller tells us so much about what went on within him that turned him into one of the most remarkable people and writers of this or any age.