Smoking in the girls’ room, sneaking a drink, napping
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Henry Miller was born in New York City in 1891. He traveled to Paris in 1930, determined to become a writer. Over the next ten years he wrote the semi-autobiographical novels Tropic of Cancer, Black Spring, and Tropic of Capricorn, all of which were banned in the U.S. for nearly three decades due to explicit sexual passages. He died in 1980 at the age of eighty-eight.
Just as a piece of matter detaches itself from the sun to live as a wholly new creation so I have come to feel about my detachment from America. Once the separation is made a new orbit is established, and there is no turning back. For me the sun had ceased to exist; I had myself become a blazing sun.