In 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, Lao-Tse. To them he brings fresh and penetrating insights. But many are lesser-known figures: Krishnamurti, the prophet-sage; the French contemporaries Blaise Cendrars and Jean Giono; Richard Jeffries, who wrote The Story of My Heart; the Welshman John Cowper Powys; and scores of others. The Books in My Life contains some fine autobiographical chapters, too. Miller describes his boyhood in Brooklyn, when he devoured the historical stories of G. A. Henty and the romances of Rider Haggard. He tells of the men and women whom he regards as "living books": Lou Jacobs, W. E. B. DuBois, Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, and others. He offers his reminiscences of the New York Theatre in the early 1900’s––including plays such as Alias Jimmy Valentine and Nellie, the Beautiful Cloak Model. And finally, in Miller’s best vein of humor, he provides a satiric chapter on bathroom reading. In an appendix, Miller lists the hundred books that have influenced him most.
New Directions publishes several of his books.
New Directions publishes several of his books. In 1950 the author of the infamous Tropic books, TROPIC OF CANCER and TROPIC OF CAPRICORN, set out to explicate his life in terms of the books that influenced him. THE BOOKS IN MY LIFE lunges about, talking about his influences, the writers he championed and his many prejudices (forget Shakespeare and formal education). It's a bit like the film "My Dinner With Andre," which succeeds as long as you think the conversation is brilliant and not overly egocentric. Miller thinks it is brilliant. There must be a bit of Henry Miller’s soul in my own. Anyone who has approached their life as their magnum opus, and is familiar with Miller’s work, will understand that sentiment. Series: New Directions Paperbook (Book 151). At times I, too, have been preoccupied with being a writer instead of actually writing – which means living, which means creating experiences to write about – and while on one hand that’s what it’s all about it can also become somewhat of an addiction, a distraction, yet perhaps worthy ones.
Series: New Directions Paperbook (Book 94). Paperback: 264 pages. Henry Miller has been a major influence in my life by virtue of these readings
Series: New Directions Paperbook (Book 94). Henry Miller has been a major influence in my life by virtue of these readings. I have read most or all of The Wisdom of the Heart more than once, and the essay which gives the book its title concerning the writer/psychiatrist E. Gordon Howe is one I come back to again and again for inspiration.
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Published January 17th 1969 by New Directions. Paperback, 327 pages. The Books in My Life (New Directions Paperbook). Author(s): Henry Miller. ISBN: 0811201082 (ISBN13: 9780811201087). Published January 17th 1969 by New Directions.
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