Tropic of Capricorn (Miller, Henry)

By Henry Miller

Tropic of Capricorn is a semi-autobiographical novel by Henry Miller, first published in Paris in 1939. The novel was banned in the United States and not published until 1961.   It is a prequel to Miller’s 1934 work, the Tropic of Cancer.  The novel is set in 1920s New York, where the narrator ‘Henry V. Miller’ works in the personnel division of the ‘Cosmodemonic’ telegraph company. Although the narrator’s experiences closely parallel Miller’s own time in New York working for the Western Union Telegraph Company, and though he shares the author’s name, the novel is considered a work of fiction.  Much of the story surrounds his New York years of struggle with his first wife Beatrice, before meeting, and eventually marrying, June.

Famous for its frank portrayal of life in Brooklyn’s ethnic neighborhoods and Miller’s outrageous sexual exploits, Tropic of Capricorn is now considered a cornerstone of modern literature.

292 pages

Location: New York City
# Fiction

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