Lover of the Fancy

Early C20th American culture and dissent

Tropic of Capricorn
Henry Miller


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.

With a cover design by Tracey Emin.

Paperback, 320pp
Penguin Books, 2015 (1939)
ISBN 9780141399140


‘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