Tropic of Cancer Character Descriptions

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Henry Miller

Writer and narrator of TROPIC OF CANCER who begins as an angry young man and becomes a contented American in Paris.


Of all the women in Paris, she is the most attractive to Henry as he becomes her clandestine lover in spite of the fact that she is married to Sylvester.


Henry's wife, who lives in America, and who leaves him in Paris. She is Henry's connection with America, a connection that withers away, as he establishes a closer bond with Paris.


The first friend who supports Henry as the novel opens. He encourages Henry's writing but parts of his character become annoying.


Another friend of Henry's who puts him up and has a genuine affection for him. He is given to huge exaggerations about his sexual exploits.

Van Norden

Henry's friend who has a fiendish addiction to sex.


He seeks...

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