Tropic of Cancer is regarded as a masterpiece, with Time magazine rating it as one of the 100 most important novels of the 20th century. It is an unforgettable, confessional, warts and all novel of the author and his friends riotous adventures in Paris during the Depression. It changed censorship laws in the US where it was published decades after it was written, and reading it today amplifies the debt that modern writers owe Miller.
Tropic of Capricorn is the sequel to Tropic of Cancer but stands alone as a fascinating account of Miller's early life in 1920's New York. As with the other Tropic it is a landmark masterpiece that was also banned on grounds of obscenity in the US. Henry Miller is undoubtedly one of America's greatest writers of the twentieth century whose contribution to literature and free speech still remain relevant and fascinating.