June 23, 2011

The controversy Sexus, first novel of the famous Henry Miller's trilogy

"The Rosy Crucifixion" is the second trilogy of Henry Miller (1891-1980), writer who became a controversial symbol of the Beat Generation. It took more than a decade for Miller to complete this collection began in 1949 with Sexus that delivers the details of his divorce from his first wife to his second marriage with June Miller. The story takes place in New York. The book is full of portraits, memories and offers an insight into Miller's ambition who struggled to become a writer. As usual, Miller exposes erotic passages to establish his thoughts. The french publication was turbulent. The editor, Maurice Girodias, head of Olympia Press publications founded by his father who had taken the risk to publish Tropic of Cancer in 1934, created the Editions de la Terre de Feu in the sole purpose of publishing the translation of Sexus. The novel suffers censorship and falls under the 1881 law, extended in 1945, to foreign works  "cataloged libertine." Girodias is threatened to be jailed. The first edition of the french translation, published in 5000 copies, was cut of its pornographic passages. Only the 200 not-to-be-sold copies and the 300 copies reserved for press remained uncensored.

Currently, the librairie Loliée offers :

  • MILLER (Henry). La Crucifixion en rose. Sexus. Livre premier. Traduit de l'anglais par Jean-Claude Lefaure. Paris, Editions de La Terre de Feu, 1949, 2 volumes, in-12, covers. First edition of the french translation. One of 300 copies reserved for press.