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Grove Press
Grove Press
Grove Press

The Devil at Large

Erica Jong on Henry Miller

by Erica Jong

“By way of Henry Miller, Erica Jong opens a cornucopia of questions that no one is asking about sex: that is, its relation to AIDS, to the more prurient reaches of women’s liberation, to Miller’s old but still unfound liberation of the self. This is a book that could in these days stimulate a few ideas to grow in the arid lands of contemporary sexual polemic.” –Norman Mailer

  • Imprint Grove Paperback
  • Page Count 352
  • Publication Date March 01, 1994
  • ISBN-13 978-0-8021-3391-5
  • Dimensions 5.25" x 9.13"
  • US List Price $17.00

About The Book

In the perfect match of author and subject, poet and novelist Erica Jong charts the life and legacy of Henry Miller, the archetypal sensualist whose notorious Tropic of Cancer and subsequent books ultimately changed the boundaries of literature. With the same exuberance and love of language that coined “the zipless fuck” in Fear of Flying, she has created “a fascinating book about writers and writing as she meditates on Henry Miller who in turn meditates on her” (Gore Vidal).

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Praise

“Erica Jong is admirably fierce and strong. . . . To read this book is to explore those sensuous, dangerous edges, where in sheer exuberance poetry and pornography meet.” –Fay Weldon

“If you must limit yourself to one book on Miller, this is the one to have.” –Library Journal

“By way of Henry Miller, Erica Jong opens a cornucopia of questions that no one is asking about sex: that is, its relation to AIDS, to the more prurient reaches of women’s liberation, to Miller’s old but still unfound liberation of the self. This is a book that could in these days stimulate a few ideas to grow in the arid lands of contemporary sexual polemic.” –Norman Mailer

“Biography, memoir, critical study, The Devil at Large captures the exuberance, audacity and energy that defined Miller’s life and art. . . . Jong has taken advantage of her intimacy with her subject to impart a deeper understanding of a life that’s been mythologized, dramatized, and cannibalized.

” –Fodder (The Hungry Mind Bookstore)

“If she succeeds in drawing a new generation of readers to the work of Henry Miller, then Erica Jong will have amply repaid the debt of friendship which she owed the old man–and she will have performed a real service to American civilization.” –Jonathan Kirsch, Los Angeles Times

The Devil at Large offers a provocative exploration of some timeless issues–self-expression, the role of the artist in a flawed society and even the multifaceted nature of life–which should be of as much interest to students of life as to those of literature.” –Autumn Stephens, San Francisco Chronicle

“Of all his critics, Erica Jong is most open to [Miller’s] two sides. She herself obviously sees the value of sexual writing, but is also aware of its drive toward transcendence, and is appreciative of Miller’s spiritual side as well. . . . [She] has seized on the key to all of Miller’s work. . . . [The Devil at Larger] enriches our view of Miller. It doesn’t dodge difficult questions. Above all–the ultimate test for any such work–it makes us want to go out and read Henry Miller again. I’m glad Jong didn’t write a more official book. It is all the better for being personal and vulnerable. I can’t help thinking it is the kind of book Henry Miller himself might have written. It is also a book he would have read with great enjoyment, and have been proud to be a part of.” –David Guy, The New England Review

“A wonderful new genre–far more interesting and revealing than straight biography.” –Noel Riley Fitch, biographer of Ana’s Nin

“Probably the most perceptive and heartfelt portrayal of Henry Miller ever written.” –Noel Young, Santa Barbara News-Press

“Wonderful . . . the best book I have read on writers and the creative crisis at our tag-end of the century.” –Ian MacNiven, editor of The Durrell-Miller Letters and the Lawrence Durrell Journal