Synopsis:From GroveAtlantic.com: “Black Spring is vintage Miller. Continuing the subversive self-revelation begun in Tropic of Cancer and Tropic of Capricorn, he sucks us along at his mad, free-associating pace as he reverberates between America and Paris, transporting us from the damp grime of his Brooklyn youth to sun-splashed French cafés and squalid Paris flats; from a winter night, pure as ammonia, to a dream where a woman’s body has the strong white aroma of sorrow. Miller writes with an incomparable hard glee, shifting effortlessly from Vergil to venereal disease, from Rabelais to Roquefort, to the beauty of a statue defaced during a carnival. He captures like no one else the blending of people and the cities they inhabit, and Black Spring coheres in a seductive technicolor swirl of Paris and New York.”
1. The Fourteenth Ward
2. Third or Fourth Day of Spring
3. A Saturday Afternoon
4. The Angel Is My Watermark!
5. The Tailor Shop
6. Jabberwhorl Cronstadt
7. Into The Nightlife. . .
8. Walking Up and Down in China
Page count: 243 (Grove Press 1994)
10. Megalopolitan ManiacDedications
: “To Anais Nin”Working title
Period of writing
: 1933-1935Date of final title
: September 1933Location of writing
, ParisFirst publication
: June 1936 – Obelisk Press
, Paris (1,000 copies)Second publication
: October 1938 – Obelisk Press, Paris (1,000 copies)Third Publication
: 1939 – Obelisk editions pirated in Shanghai.First U.S. publication
: April 4, 1963 – Grove Press, New York
Current publisher: Grove Press
Publication info sourced from Shifreen & Jackson, Bibliography of Primary Sources, Vol. I (1993).