Tropic of Cancer

Tropic of Cancer

Paperback Published on: 04/06/2015
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Shocking, banned and the subject of obscenity trials, Henry Miller's first novel Tropic of Cancer is one of the most scandalous and influential books of the twentieth century -- new to Penguin Modern Classics with a cover by Tracey Emin Tropic of Cancer redefined the novel. Set in Paris in the 1930s, it features a starving American writer who lives a bohemian life among prostitutes, pimps, and artists. Banned in the US and the UK for more than thirty years because it was considered pornographic, Tropic of Cancer continued to be distributed in France and smuggled into other countries. When it was first published in the US in 1961, it led to more than 60 obscenity trials until a historic ruling by the Supreme Court defined it as a work of literature. Long hailed as a truly liberating book, daring and uncompromising, Tropic of Cancer is a cornerstone of modern literature that asks us to reconsider everything we know about art, freedom, and morality. 'At last an unprintable book that is fit to read' Ezra Pound 'A momentous event in the history of modern writing' Samuel Beckett 'The book that forever changed the way American literature would be written' Erica Jong

  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780141399133
  • Number of pages: 272
  • Weight: 204g
  • Dimensions: 199 x 130 x 16 mm

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Tropic of Cancer
Dirty and dizzy!
A classic work of autobiographical fiction that meanders through the grotty sex industry and Bohemian artistic lifestyle of 1930s Paris. It is a little har... READ MORE
Katie Reid
Tropic of Cancer
I struggled significantly with this book. Though it was a mere 240 pages long, it felt like 640. The language is quite dense at times and it doesn’t run wi... READ MORE
Liam Macmillan
Tropic of Cancer
Bohemian, artsy, in your face fiction and difficult to get into.
I really struggled with this book. Much has been said about the style which focuses on short descriptive snippets that meander from one topic to another.... READ MORE
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