Originally published in the 1930s, Tropic of Cancer was banned for over 20 years in America for its dirty language and content; however, because of Miller's book the obscenity laws in this country were over-turned, and his book was available for purchase in the U.S. The book is fantastic! A semi-autobiographical account of Miller's first year in Paris as an ex-patriate where he decided he would either become a writer or starve to death. And although he does find himself hungry on many occasions, he does write and does so very well. At times philosophical, other times funny and, yes, at times dirty, Tropic of Cancer is one of those books that everyone should read before they die.
Now hailed as an American classic, Tropic of Cancer, Henry Miller's masterpiece, was banned as obscene in this country for twenty-seven years after its first publication in Paris in 1934. Only a historic court ruling that changed American censorship standards, ushering in a new era of freedom and frankness in modern literature, permitted the publication of this first volume of Miller's famed mixture of memoir and fiction, which chronicles with unapologetic gusto the bawdy adventures of a young expatriate writer, his friends, and the characters they meet in Paris in the 1930s. Tropic of Cancer is now considered, as Norman Mailer said, ?one of the ten or twenty great novels of our century.