Henry Miller

Henry Miller was an American writer and artist, best known for his semi-autobiographical novels which blend character study, social criticism, philosophical reflection, and explicit language. Born on December 26, 1891, in New York City, he was a controversial figure in his time, with his most famous works, 'Tropic of Cancer' and 'Tropic of Capricorn', initially banned in the United States for their candid sexuality. Miller's writing style and candid exploration of the human condition influenced modern literature. He passed away on June 7, 1980, in Pacific Palisades, California.


This list of books are ONLY the books that have been ranked on the lists that are aggregated on this site. This is not a comprehensive list of all books by this author.

  1. 1. Tropic of Cancer

    The book is a semi-autobiographical novel set in 1930s Paris and describes the protagonist's life as a struggling writer. The narrative is filled with vivid descriptions of the city, sexual encounters, and philosophical musings, all penned in a stream-of-consciousness style. The protagonist's experiences living in poverty, his relationships with other expatriates, and his pursuit of artistic freedom are central to the story. Despite the explicit content, the novel is noted for its candid exploration of the human condition and the author's quest for personal and creative authenticity.

    The 226th Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. The Rosy Crucifixion

    The book is a semi-autobiographical trilogy that explores the author's life in 1920s New York City. The protagonist, a struggling writer, navigates through his tumultuous relationship with his wife, his various extramarital affairs, and his quest for artistic freedom and personal identity. The narrative is characterized by its graphic depictions of sexuality, philosophical introspection, and critique of societal norms. The book is a testament to the author's rejection of conventional morality and his pursuit of a life driven by passion and creativity.

    The 3665th Greatest Book of All Time
  3. 3. World Of Sex

    "World of Sex" is an explicit and candid exploration of human sexuality, delving into the author's personal experiences, philosophical musings, and the broader cultural attitudes towards sex. The work challenges conventional morality and the taboos surrounding sexual expression, advocating for a more liberated and honest approach to discussing and engaging in sexual acts. The author's reflections are interwoven with critiques of societal norms and a call for readers to embrace their desires without shame or guilt, making it a provocative piece that seeks to push the boundaries of how sex is perceived and talked about in society.

    The 5211th Greatest Book of All Time
  4. 4. The Air Conditioned Nightmare

    "The Air Conditioned Nightmare" is a critical exploration of American culture and society. Written after the author returned to the United States following a decade in Europe, the book is a collection of reflections and observations made during a road trip across the country. The author critiques the materialism, conformity, and spiritual emptiness he perceives in American life, contrasting it with the vibrancy and authenticity he experienced in Europe. Through vivid descriptions and philosophical musings, the work expresses a deep disillusionment with the so-called American Dream, presenting a stark, pessimistic view of the nation's culture and values during the mid-20th century.

    The 5947th Greatest Book of All Time
  5. 5. Black Spring

    "Black Spring" is a semi-autobiographical novel that blends reality with fiction, presenting a series of loosely connected vignettes that delve into the author's experiences and observations in Paris and Brooklyn. The narrative is rich with lyrical and often surreal descriptions, exploring themes of identity, poverty, and the artist's struggle. The book is noted for its stream-of-consciousness style and its vivid, often chaotic imagery that captures the tumultuous emotions and experiences of the protagonist. Through its fragmented structure, the novel paints a vivid portrait of a man seeking meaning and beauty in a disordered world.

    The 8726th Greatest Book of All Time