Henry Miller was an American novelist born in New York in 1891. He died in California in 1980. His works were deemed obscene and banned in the United States until 1960. Mainly autobiographical, his writings attacked the American puritanism of the first half of the 20th century.

In 1930, Henry Miller decided to leave the United States for France, where he led a Bohemian life until WWII broke out. He became friends with Blaise Cendrars and Raymond Queneau. In 1931, he worked as a proofreader for the Chicago Tribune. The same year, he wrote Tropic of Cancer in Paris. This novel, which led to an obscenity trial in the United States, was published in 1934. It includes the account of a memorable trip to Le Havre.