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Henry Miller was born in New York on December 26, 1891. His father, Heinrich, was a tailor. Henry grew up speaking German until entering school. He graduated from high school in 1909 and only attended one semester of college at the City College of New York.
In 1917 he married Beatrice Wickens. 1919 proved to be a very good year for Henry based upon the fact that his first daughter was born and his first written work was published (reviews for The Black Cat, a short story publication out of Salem, Massachusetts). Even though he had published previous work, Henry considered March 22, 1922 as the first day he became a writer (the day he finished Clipped Wings).
Miller's work was very controversial. It was not only his subject matter which shocked readers (sexually explicit material), readers were not ready for his modernistic approach.
Outside of being a writer (over 50 published works), Miller painted over 2000 paintings. He was also in two films which he portrayed himself: Reds (1981) and Henry Miller is Not Dead (1996). Outside of those two films, Miller was also portrayed by other actors: Tropic of Cancer (1970), Quiet Days in Clichy (1970), Henry and June (1990), and another adaptation of Quiet Days in Clichy from 1990.
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