Born in New York City in 1891, Henry Miller was brought up in an age of change, which was certainly reflected in his writing. Miller wrote such controversial literature that it was banned in the US and Britain until 1960. This literature, while mostly autobiographical, made wonderful use of comedy, the “free and easy” American style, an acceptance of the bad with the good, and most of all sex. Miller would admit to thoughts and feelings other writers would conceal. This quality, among others, were quite appealing to those of the Beat Generation, and Miller’s influence is obvious. Those of the Beat Generation looked up to this experienced writer, and adapted his views, particularly his readiness to discuss the depraved along with the decent, into their own works.