Tropic Of Cancer
By Henry Miller
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Tropic Of Cancer by Henry Miller ranked # 50 on The Modern Library's Top 100 Novels list as selected by its Board Members.
Tropic of Cancer is a sexually explicit novel by Henry Miller, first published in 1934 by Obelisk Press in Paris and still in print (Grove Press 1987 paperback: ISBN 0802131786). Its publication in 1961 in the United States by Grove Press led to an obscenity trial that was one of several that tested American laws on pornography in the 1960s.
The novel is set in 1930s France, primarily Paris. As many of other of Miller's novels, it is written in the first person and often fluctuates between past and present tense. Some chapters follow a strict narrative and reference Miller's actual friends, colleagues and workplaces; others are written as stream-of-consciousness reflections. There are many passages explicitly describing the narrator's sexual encounters, however, the book does not solely focus on this subject.
In 1964 the U.S. Supreme Court, in Grove Press, Inc., v. Gerstein, cited Jacobellis v. Ohio (which was decided the same day) and overruled state court findings of obscenity.
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