Travel writing about the American South is a genre of its own. One such observer was Henry Miller, who traveled through the South in 1941. Miller was born in 1891 in New York City and lived almost all of his life there until 1930 when he moved to Paris. He spent almost all of the years between 1930 and 1939 in Paris until he moved to Greece in 1939 and lived there for a year or so before returning to the United States in 1940. In 1942 he settled in California where he spent the rest of his life.
Miller aspired to be a writer from an early age, but it wasn’t until his Paris years that he began to be published. He wrote in an iconoclastic style that is not easily categorized. He is considered by many to be an important American writer, although he has had his detractors. At one time he was notorious for novels such as Tropic of Cancer and Tropic of Capricorn that were banned in the United States for obscenity. Miller was clearly not tied to convention.
After he returned to the United States in 1940, Miller embarked on an extensive year-long trip by car across the United States.
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