Henry Miller, the 'Happy Rock' as Lawrence Durrell dubbed him, was a phenomenon. He lived a life rich in friends and women, and sometimes fine food and wine--but not money. Until he was in his seventies he had to accept charity from his intimates and admirers.
Miller was a wizard on the typewriter, creating epoch-making works that many people loved to read. But not many liked admitting it.
Throughout, he remained serene, living until almost ninety.
Even now, nearly 35 years after his death, his work changes lives.
Kenton Crowther's 3100-word article collects fresh and well-distilled thoughts and insights on this wizard of the writing racket.