Books: Big Sur-Realism

BIG SUR AND THE ORANGES OF HIERONYMUS BOSCH (404 pp.)—Henry Miller —New Directions ($6.50).

California, said Fred Allen, is all right if you are an orange. Henry (Tropic of Capricorn, Tropic of Cancer) Miller believes that it is even more all right if the oranges are the ones painted by Hieronymus Bosch in his famed Millennium— enigmatic little cosmological fruit "far more delectable, far more potent, than the Sunkist." For Author Miller is a devotee of the great Dutch painter (c. 1450-1516), who is believed to have been a follower of a heretical...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!