Le livre Préface de Yannick Haenel « J´allais, les yeux bandés, chancelant, hésitant ; j´étais orgueilleux, arrogant, content de mener la vie fausse et restreinte du citadin. La lumière de la Grèce m´a ouvert les yeux ; elle a pénétré mes pores et dilaté tout mon être. » En 1939, alors que l'Europe bascule dans la guerre, Henry Miller rejoint la Grèce à l'invitation de son ami Lawrence Durrell. Il n'a pas un sou, ses livres sont frappés par la censure aux Etats-Unis, et c'est sans doute ce dépouillement qui lui permet de partir corps et âme à la rencontre de la Grèce et de celui qui en incarne à ses yeux l´ethos : le conteur, poète et jouisseur Katsimbalis. L'auteur Henry Miller naît en 1891 à Brooklyn. Il exerce plusieurs métiers avant de se consacrer à l´écriture. En 1920, il épouse June, qui sera sa muse et le personnage central de plusieurs de ses romans. En 1930, il s´installe pour quelques années à Paris, où il se lie avec de nombreux peintres et écrivains et rencontre Anaïs Nin. Il ne retournera aux États-Unis qu´en 1942. Il vit en Californie, où il mourra en 1980. Des Tropiques à J´suis pas plus con qu´un autre, de Printemps noir aux trois volumes de « La Crucifixion en rose », Miller inaugure une approche inédite de l´écriture qui mêle fiction et autobiographie, lyrisme et crudité verbale. Décriée, censurée pour obscénité, son oeuvre figure désormais parmi les incontournables de la littérature américaine au XXe siècle.
Devenus aujourd'hui des classiques de la littérature érotique, les Tropique du Capricorne et Tropique du Cancer n'ont rien perdu de leur force explosive. C'est à Paris qu'Henry Miller écrit ces deux romans. Marginal, pique-assiette, désabusé, alcoolique, fauché aux goûts de luxe mais surtout fou de sexe, il y met en scène sa vie exceptionnelle, et chante son amour pour la nuit et ses rencontres improbables. Son appétit vorace et sa curiosité sans limites l'entraînent de Harlem à Broadway, de la place Clichy aux quartiers chic de la rive gauche et au Montparnasse bohème de ces années-là dont il est le plus fidèle chroniqueur. Miller veut tout voir, tout décrire, tout embrasser, sans se soucier de la morale et du bon goût. C'est ainsi qu'il livre deux oeuvres foisonnantes qui vibrent encore aujourd'hui d'une énergie démesurée et contagieuse. Henry Miller est né à New York en 1891. C'est en France, où il s'était fixé dès 1930, qu'il fit ses plus grandes rencontres : Anaïs Nin, Blaise Cendrars, Queneau, Durrell. C'est aussi en France que furent publiées les éditions originales de Tropique du Cancer et de Tropique du Capricorne, aussitôt interdites dans les pays anglophones. Miller est mort en 1980. Un des premiers livres de la « nouvelle » Cosmopolite. Pour la première fois, les deux Tropiques rassemblés en grand format. Un prix très étudié. Longtemps confinés par la censure américaine à la clandestinité, ces livres novateurs ont exercé en Europe une profonde influence.
In The World of Sex, Henry Miller, one of the most scandalous writers of the 20th century explains his literary project Henry Miller's bold, explicit novels scandalized readers and remade the literature of his day. In this uncompromising literary manifesto he argues that sex is at the heart of his writing because it is at the heart of life - a vital force as essential as bread, money, work or play. Drawing on his own experiences and on the writing of his famously banned novels in Paris, he shows sex as a mysterious realm that must be explored if we are to be truly free.
A cult modern classic, Tropic of Capricorn is as daring, frank and influential as Henry Miller first novel, Tropic of Cancer A story of sexual and spiritual awakening, Tropic of Capricorn shocked readers when it was published in 1939. A mixture of fiction and autobiography, it is the story of Henry V. Miller who works for the Cosmodemonic telegraph company in New York in the 1920s and tries to write the most important work of literature that was ever published. Tropic of Capricorn paints a dazzling picture of the life of the writer and of New York City between the wars: the skyscrapers and the sewers, the lust and the dejection, the smells and the sounds of a city that is perpetually in motion, threatening to swallow everyone and everything.
'Literature begins and ends with the meaning of what Miller has done' Lawrence Durrell 'The only imaginative prose-writer of the slightest value who has appeared among the English-speaking races for some years past' George Orwell 'The greatest American writer' Bob Dylan Henry Miller (1891-1980) is one of the most important American writers of the 20th century. His best-known novels include Tropic of Cancer (1934), Tropic of Capricorn (1939), and the Rosy Crucifixion trilogy (Sexus, 1949, Plexus, 1953, and Nexus, 1959), all published in France and banned in the US and the UK until 1964. He is widely recognised as an irreverent, risk-taking writer who redefined the novel and made the link between the European avant-garde and the American Beat generation.
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 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 Henry Miller (1891-1980) is one of the most important American writers of the 20th century. His best-known novels include Tropic of Cancer (1934), Tropic of Capricorn (1939), and the Rosy Crucifixion trilogy (Sexus, 1949, Plexus, 1953, and Nexus, 1959), all published in France and banned in the US and the UK until 1964. He is widely recognised as an irreverent, risk-taking writer who redefined the novel and made the link between the European avant-garde and the American Beat generation.
'Here, even if I had a thousand dollar in my pocket, I know of no sight which could arouse in me the feeling of ecstasy'Looking back to Henry Miller's bohemian life in 1930s Paris, when he was an obscure, penniless writer, Quiet Days in Clichy is a love letter to a city. As he describes nocturnal wanderings through shabby Montmartre streets, cafes and bars, sexual liaisons and volatile love affairs, Miller brilliantly evokes a period that would shape his entire life and oeuvre. 'His writing is flamboyant, torrential, chaotic, treacherous, and dangerous' Anais Nin
'Out of the sea, as if Homer himself had arranged it for me, the islands bobbed up, lonely, deserted, mysterious in the fading light'Enraptured by a young woman's account of the landscapes of Greece, Henry Miller set off to explore the Grecian countryside with his friend Lawrence Durrell in 1939. In The Colossus of Maroussi he describes drinking from sacred springs, nearly being trampled to death by sheep and encountering the flamboyant Greek poet Katsumbalis, who 'could galvanize the dead with his talk'. This lyrical classic of travel writing represented an epiphany in Miller's life, and is the book he would later cite as his favourite. 'One of the five greatest travel books of all time' Pico Iyer
'New York is an aquarium ... where there are nothing but hellbenders and lungfish and slimy, snag-toothed groupers and sharks'In 1935 Henry Miller set off from his adopted home, Paris, to revisit his native land, America. Aller Retour New York, his exuberant, humorous missive to his friend Alfred Perles describing the trip and his return journey on a Dutch steamer, is filled with vivid reflections on his hellraising antics, showing Miller at the height of his powers. This edition also includes Via Dieppe-Newhaven, his entertaining account of a failed attempt to visit England. 'The greatest American writer' Bob Dylan
The best of Eastern and Western medicine in an integrative healing system for the mind, body, and spirit.
Now, for the first time, a Western physician and a doctor of Oriental medicine combine the unparalleled technological advances of the West with the unmatched wisdom and healing touch Chinese herbal medicine provides for many diseases and conditions that elude modern medicine. Ancient Herbs, Modern Medicine demonstrates the many important, highly effective ways Chinese medicine and Western medicine can complement each other in treating everything from allergies and insomnia to mental illness and cancer. This accessible, comprehensive guide offers many informative and enlightening case studies and up-to-the-minute information on:
- How integrative medicine combines the best of Western pharmacology and Eastern herbology - How integrative medicine helps fight the diseases and illnesses of our time, including allergies, asthma, and chronic fatigue syndrome, and eases and even reverses symptoms of arthritis, diabetes, depression, osteoporosis, AIDS, heart disease, and cancer--often without side effects - How Chinese medicine can help you recognize signs before an illness becomes a crisis - The importance of Western techniques in diagnosing serious diseases - Why Chinese medicine offers the most effective treatment for many chronic/recurrent illnesses - Restoring essential balance to the Five Energetic Systems--the Hart, Lung, Spleen, Liver, and Kidney Energies - The Eight Strategies of Herbal Therapy--how herbs work in your body Plus illuminating discussions of the basic principles of Chinese medicine, as well as food remedy recipes, diagrams, glossaries of medical terms and herbs, resource listings, and much more to help you tailor an integrative health regimen that is right for you.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
Originally published in 1865, Henry David Thoreau's Cape Cod is a wonderfully written, surprisingly funny account of nineteenth-century life on the Cape well before it became a major tourist attraction. To this day, many people consider it the best book ever written about Cape Cod. This new illustrated volume features the complete text of Thoreau's classic work as published in Houghton Mifflin's 1906 edition, the stunning photography of Scot Miller, and a foreword from the preeminent Thoreau biographer, Robert Richardson. Many of the lush color photographs show elements of the landscape that Thoreau would have seen: the great beach, imposing cliffs, sand dunes, beautiful sunrises and sunsets, beach grass, seaweed; others reflect the unique personality of Cape Cod and its people today, including local artists and architecture. The combination of Thoreau's timeless text and Miller's exquisitely reproduced color photographs make this an indispensable book for anyone who loves Thoreau's writing or Cape Cod.The book is being published in association with the Walden Woods Project, which is dedicated to preserving the lands Thoreau wrote about. For each copy sold, Houghton Mifflin and Scot Miller are making a donation to the Walden Woods Project.
Cet ouvrage est une réédition numérique d'un livre paru au XXe siècle, désormais indisponible dans son format d'origine.