Nonfiction account of Henry Miller's travels through the United States, published in 1945. Miller undertook these travels in 1940 and 1941 after returning from a lengthy stay in Europe. Miller comments, mostly negatively, on America's physical landscape as well as on the mood and spirit of the American people. Among other things, he contrasts the ideals of the original founders with contemporary Americans' love of making money. Miller commented further on these themes in the sequel Remember to Remember
(1947). -- The Merriam-Webster Encylopedia of Literature
About the Author
(1891—1980) was one of the most controversial American novelists during his lifetime. His book, The Tropic of Cancer
, was banned in the some U.S. states before being overruled by the Supreme Court. New Directions publishes several of his books.