Written during the same period as Tropic of Cancer and Tropic of Capricorn, and banned in the English-speaking world upon its publication in Paris in 1936, Black Spring is one of Miller's finest achievements, and arguably his most distinguished book from a stylistic point of view. It consists of a number of linked episodes describing some of the crucial years in his personal saga, from recollections of his childhood in Brooklyn to his time in Paris.
'American literature today begins and ends with the meaning of what Miller has done.' - Lawrence Durrell 'I like Henry Miller. I think he's the greatest American writer' - Bob Dylan 'There is nothing like Henry Miller when he gets rolling... One has to take the English language back to Marlowe and Shakespeare before encountering a wealth of imagery equal in intensity... a wildwater of prose, a cataract, a volcano, a torrent, an earthquake... a writer finally like a great athlete, a phenomenon of an avatar of literary energy.' - Norman Mailer 'The only imaginative prose writer of the slightest value who has appeared among the English-speaking races for some years past." - George Orwell
Banned for much of the author's lifetime, and notorious afterwards, the works of Henry Miller (1891 - 1980) have left an indelible mark on subsequent American authors such as Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs.