It’s about that time again — to revisit Norman Mailer‘s exposition on Henry’s *oeuvre*, 1976’s “Genius and Lust: A Journey Through the Major Writings of Henry Miller.”
Check out this insightful 2012 review by Frederick Crews in the NY Review of Books.
Crews frames Mailer’s admiration of Miller through the lens of an evolving sense of post-Hemingway masculinity* (!)
Money quote (link after):
“A more straightforward and plausible interpretation would be that Hemingway, after his suicide in 1961 and the subsequent revelations about his long nervous debility, is no longer the towering authority of masculine style for Mailer or for anyone else.
“Our fictive prose in general has turned away from the clipped and bittersweet Hemingway manner and has become loose, expansive, fantastic—in short, Milleresque.”
* Which now, admittedly, may be outdated.