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The Devil at Large: Erica Jong on Henry Miller

“I SOMETIMES ASK MYSELF how it happens that I attract nothing but crackbrained individuals, neurasthenics, neurotics, psychopaths—and Jews especlally,” wrote Henry Miller in Tropic of Cancer. This was, of course, in the 1930s. Ahead of his time though Miller may have been in many ways, it is too much of a strain on credibility to suppose that he had anything like The Devil at Large: Erica Jong on Henry Miller in mind. In fact it is too much of a strain on credibility to suppose that anyone other than Erica Jong could ever have had anything like this book in mind, for the simple reason that no one else could possibly devote as much time, space, and worshipful attention to the oeuvre and ideology of Erica Jong as Erica Jong does in The Devil at Large.

This work, as the dust-jacket blurb that appears under the de rigueur photograph of Jong grinning like a lunatic notes, is the author’s “first

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