Henry Valentine Miller was born on December 26, 1891. He was a famous American artist and writer. He broke all existing literary forms and developed a completely new type of novel called a semi-autobiographical novel, that mingled character study, philosophical reflection, social criticism, stream of consciousness, sex, explicit language, mysticism, and surrealist free association.

“Life has to be given a meaning because of the obvious fact that it has no meaning.”

Henry Miller

Most of his early books were banned in the United States for being obscene but soon they became popular in Europe after they were first published in Paris. He was a very talented artist, he painted nearly thousands of watercolors paintings during his lifetime.

“The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware.”

Henry Miller

He once said that he has found God, but the God he found is insufficient. He said this in his famous Novel “Tropic of Cancer”.

“I have found God, but he is insufficient.”

Tropic of Cancer

His book The Books in My Life explores the fabric of Henry Miller’s intellectual life, woven of a wide discourse on artistry and knowledge. Even after 60 years after the publication of the book, it has remained both timeless and timely.

In a passage that reminds us all of Alan Watts, Miller commends living in the Present and reflects on the Joy brought by old age.

The future of the world is something for philosophers and visionaries to ponder on. All we ever really have is the present, but very few of us ever live it. I an neither a pessimist nor an optimist. To me the world is neither this nor that, but all things at once, and to each according to his vision.

– Henry Miller

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