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December 1961

The Henry Miller Reader

Arch Intern Med. 1961;108(6):965-966. doi:10.1001/archinte.1961.03620120149029

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Henry Miller, one of the most powerful writers of our time, has been considered more or less unpublishable in the United States. This attitude has been changing, and no doubt as with Lady Chatterly's Lover and other hitherto banned or surpressed books, many or most of the expatriot, exiled, or suppressed works variously called "masterpieces," pornography, or trash will now be available for us to contemplate. The Henry Miller Reader gives us a series of excerpts from various writings. Apparently it has not had any brush with the law nor has it evoked the black cloak and veils of censorship. This book gives us an interesting opportunity to examine the questions of what is obscenity, what is pornography, what is salacious, what is prurient, to what extent should lewd and lascivious writing be gathered together and burned if at all, and what about a healthy Rabelaisian description of certain visceral

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