Big Sur and the Oranges of Hieronymus Bosch by Henry MillerWhence Henry Millers title for this, one of his most appealing books; first published in 1957, it tells the story of Millers life on the Big Sur, a section of California coast where he lived for fifteen years.
Big Sur is the portrait of a place one of the most colorful in the U.S. and of the extraordinary people Miller knew there: writers (and writers who didnt write), mystics seeking truth in meditation (and the not-so-saintly looking for sex-cults or celebrity), sophisticated children and adult innocents; geniuses, cranks and the unclassifiable.
Henry Miller writes with a buoyancy and brimming energy that are infectious. He has a fine touch for comedy. But this is also a serious book the testament of a free spirit who has broken through the restraints and cliches of modern life to find within himself his own kind of paradise.
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The Henry Miller Memorial Library
Miller was not just a fiction writer but also wrote some excellent travel books, particularly about Greece. Over the years it has also come to serve as a cultural experience for both visitors and residents alike. When you're traveling up or down Highway 1, the library will be located a quarter mile south of Nepenthe Restaurant, a quarter mile north of Deetjen's and Big Sur Inn in a redwood grove on the mountain side of the road. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of Atlas Obscura in your inbox. Follow us on Twitter to get the latest on the world's hidden wonders. Like us on Facebook to get the latest on the world's hidden wonders.
artistic and cultural contributions of the late writer, artist, and Big.
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Jump to navigation. One can also check out prints of some of his visual art—he painted watercolors—as well as works of local artists that are on display. Come May through October, though, the calendar is chock-full of happenings. The annual Big Sur International Short Film Screening Series is an outdoor film festival that takes place on Thursday nights over the course of 13 weeks from June through August, just outside the snug coastal cabin. The Live at the Henry Miller Library series showcases a wide variety of artists, from intimate acoustic acts that perform inside the library, to larger-name draws—the Red Hot Chili Peppers and the Pixies, to name a few, have both made appearances—who play for lucky capacity-filling listeners in a lush redwood grove adjacent to the library.