En serio siempre son hermosas.
Casi todas las portadas que hacen para Henry Miller son geniales, y se adaptan tan bien a todos sus aspectos.
— Henry Miller, Tropic of Capricorn
Tropic of Cancer typescript, corrected title page and page one. You can see where Henry Miller crossed out Tropic of Capricorn. Miller would later write Capricorn as a sequel to Cancer. I’ve tried to reproduce what is written, with strike-throughs on most of the first page:
I am living in the Villa Seurat, the guest of Michael Fraenkel. there is not a crumb of dirt anywhere, nor a chair misplaced. We are all alone here and we are dead.
Yet Last night Michael discovered that he was lousy. I had to shave his arm-pits and even then the itching did not stop. How can one get lousy in a beautiful place like this? But no matter.
We had a wonderful conversation later.We might never have known each other so intimately had it not been for the lice.
Michael has just given me a brief summary of his philosophy.
He is a meteorologist, a weather prophet. The weather will continue bad, he says. There will be more calamites, more death, more despair. There isNot the slightest indication of a change anywhere. The cancer of the time is eating us away. The hero, then is not Time, as he was for Proust, but Timelessness.
The change from Capricorn to Cancer was a thematic necessity since from the very first paragraph Miller begins to describe, in his own words, “…because to me cancer symbolizes the disease of civilization, the endpoint of the wrong path, the necessity to change course radically, to start completely over from scratch.”