The Books in My Life

The Books in My Life

by Henry Miller

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780811201087
Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publication date: 01/17/1969
Series: New Directions Paperbook
Pages: 327
Sales rank: 629,661
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Henry Miller (1891—1980) was one of the most controversial American novelists during his lifetime. His book, The Tropic of Cancer, was banned in the some U.S. states before being overruled by the Supreme Court. New Directions publishes several of his books.

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The books in my life 2.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Checked out the original printing from the local Library. Its a good read if you you've read the books and know about the writers he mentions and books he lists. It is recommended for all Bibliotaphs and philes.
Erik Nielsen More than 1 year ago
Almost illegible.
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ahtomlinson More than 1 year ago
I wanted to read this so badly but the ocr was so bad it is virtually unreadable. What a shame.u
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