Banned Book! Jack Hirschman reading Tropic of Cancer

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Jack Hirschman is a widely published poet and activist. Born in New York, and raised in the Bronx, Hirschman is resident and former Poet Laureate of San Francisco. He received degrees from City College of New York and Indiana University, and over the years, has written over fifty volumes of poetry. A Correspondence of Americans, Lyripol, Front Lines: Selected Poems, All That’s Left, and The Arcanes are among his most notable works.  Hirschman has been compared to a broad range of poets, including Walt Whitman, Hart Crane, Allen Ginsberg, and Pablo Neruda.

Tropic of Cancer is a novel written by Henry Miller, and first published in 1934 in Paris, France. It is a semi-autobiographical work that delves into the struggles of Miller’s Paris life. The book was initially banned in the US (among other countries) for what was seen as obscene content that pushed American pornography laws. It is looked back on as a key literary piece in the development of free speech in the United States.

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