Lover of the Fancy

Early C20th American culture and dissent

The Colossus of Maroussi
Henry Miller


“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.

Paperback, 208pp
Penguin Books, 2016 (1941)
ISBN 9780141980546