David Calonne discussing Henry Miller
Tuesday, December 16, 2014, 7:00 P.M., City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
celebrating the release of
Henry Miller (Critical Lives Series)
by David Calonne
from Reaktion Books
As an author, Henry Miller (1891–1980) was infamous for his explicit descriptions of sex, and many of his novels, from The Tropic of Cancer to Black Spring, were banned in the United States on grounds of obscenity. But his books—frequently smuggled into his native country—became a major influence on the Beat Generation of American writers and would eventually lead to a groundbreaking series of obscenity trials that would change American laws on pornography in literary works. In this new critical biography, David Stephen Calonne goes beyond Miller's notoriety to take an innovative look at the way in which the author's writings and lifestyle were influenced by his spiritual quests.
David Stephen Calonne is the author of "William Saroyan: My Real Work Is Being" and "Bebop Buddhist Ecstasy: Saroyan's Influence on Kerouac and the Beats", and he has edited several Bukowski titles, including "More Notes of a Dirty Old Man" published by City Lights Books.