On Henry Miller: Or, How to Be an Anarchist


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Princeton University Press
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4.4 X 7.4 X 1.0 inches | 0.6 pounds

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About the Author

John Burnside is a poet, novelist, and memoirist whose recent books include Still Life with Feeding Snake and Ashland & Vine. He has won many awards for his poetry, including the T. S. Eliot, Forward, Whitbread, and Geoffrey Faber Memorial prizes. His work has appeared in the New Yorker, the London Review of Books, and the Guardian, and he writes a regular nature column for the New Statesman. He is professor of English at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland.


"On Henry Miller is a considered, moving account of how this flawed but much mis-read writer thought, and of what he still offers, philosophically and politically."---Guy Stevenson, Literary Review
"By using his own commendable self as an example, Burnside opens up new avenues of appreciation for us all."---Dennis Zhou, The Spectator
"Praise for John Burnside: "A master of language.""---Hilary Mantel, London Review of Books
"Praise for John Burnside: "Quite simply, he is a wonderful writer.""---Eileen Battersby, Irish Times
"Praise for John Burnside: "A brilliant poet, a brilliant memoirist, and a brilliant novelist.""---Christina Patterson, The Independent
"In On Henry Miller . . . John Burnside shifts the focus from Henry Miller's unsavoury legacy to the politics of his aesthetics, seeking to draw our attention to 'that most misunderstood of figures, the philosophical, earth-loving pagan anarchist.'"---Merve Fejzula, Times Literary Supplement
"Burnside's provocative study makes a strong case for Henry Miller as a romantic anarchist comparable, on the basis of the evidence provided here, to Rachel Carson, Henry David Thoreau, and Walt Whitman."--Publishers Weekly
"Praise for John Burnside: "A writer of manifest and manifold talent.""---Adam O'Riordan, Sunday Telegraph
"Exploring Henry Miller's reputation and work and making the case for his relevance today, John Burnside has written a lively, engaging appreciation with an exhilarating, globe-trotting literary range."--Kasia Boddy, University of Cambridge
"John Burnside, a remarkable writer, vividly shows his affinities with Henry Miller. Paralleling Miller's style, Burnside is impressionistic, digressive, hyperbolic, and sometimes outrageous. He argues that Miller wrote to 'find out if books can help us to live better, ' and this is Burnside's aim too. Burnside and Miller make a good match."--Jay Martin, Claremont McKenna College