Books: Dithyrambic Sex

Last week publishers' trade papers announced that New Directions of Norfolk, Conn, would soon publish Henry Miller's Tropic of Cancer. This was sensational news, since publishing Henry Miller is a task that might well make any publisher blanch. Brought out in Paris four years ago, Tropic of Cancer has a bigger subterranean reputation than any recent book, based partly on the extravagant praise of critics like T. S. Eliot, partly on the difficulty of buying smuggled copies, but mostly because it is a low book, "the lowest book," in the words of Edmund...

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