A critical biography that examines how Miller's writings and lifestyle were influenced by his spiritual quests into astrology, Gnosticism, Theosophy, Zen Buddhism, the Taoist philosopher Lao-Tzu, Blavatsky, Gurdjieff, and others. The author highlights many areas of Millers life that have been neglected in previous studies.
This new critical biography takes an innovative look at the life and work of the notorious American author (1891-1980). It examines Miller's intense immersion in esoteric and theosophical interests, charting the cultivation of these ideas from his boyhood and adolescence to late in his career and evaluating the way in which his writings and lifestyle were influenced by his spiritual quests. Calonne discusses Miller's involvement in the arts, his love of painting and music, and his friendships with a number of classical musicians. Miller is revealed as a quirky, charismatic man of genius who continues to influence popular culture today, as, for example, in the work of award-winning graphic novelist Alison Bechdel. Highlighting many areas of Miller's life that have hitherto been neglected, Calonne's book takes a fascinating revisionary approach to the life and work of one of America's most controversial and iconic writers.