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 Henry Miller

Henry Miller

Birth
New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Death 7 Jun 1980 (aged 88)
Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Cremated, Ashes scattered, Specifically: Ashes scattered off Big Sur, California
Memorial ID 2458 · View Source
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Author. Miller spent his childhood in Brooklyn where he graduated high school. He would eventually go to City College, but would not feel comfortable with the structure there. He would leave after a couple of months and take a variety of jobs. Miller was first given the bug to write by his boss at messenger service who suggested that someone should write a book about messengers. Miller tried his hand at, but felt that it would not be successful as he didn’t feel as though he knew anything about writing. He would later get the opportunity to learn to learn about writing when his second wife, June, supported him, and he studied his craft. Eventually they were able to save money to go to Europe where Miller really came into his own. Miller would spend years in France living the life of an expatriate. His life there would become the basis for his most famous books, “The Tropic of Cancer” and “The Tropic of Capricorn”. The books would establish him has a voice to be reckoned with all though he would struggle for years with the American publication and censorship. While in France, Miller began a long-term relationship with the author Anais Nin. Their relationship would inspire the motion picture “Henry and June.” Prior to WWII, Miller spent time in Greece, where he wrote what many believe to be his finest work, “The Colossus of Maroussi”. Miller would return to the United States after six months in Greece eventually settling into an artistic life in California. In the end he would produce about 36 works, his own and analysis of others. His artist lifestyle eventually led to him gaining so much notoriety that he would spend the last twenty years of his life as his health failed finding privacy in Europe and Southern California. He turned to painting as an alternate form and of expression. Despite his ill health, Miller remained a strong and vibrant personality to the end. Miller would marry five times in his long life producing three children.

Bio by: Catharine


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  • Added: 1 Jan 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 2458
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Henry Miller (26 Dec 1891–7 Jun 1980), Find A Grave Memorial no. 2458, ; Maintained by Find A Grave Cremated, Ashes scattered, who reports a Ashes scattered off Big Sur, California.