ome writers attempt to revea the literary influences which have shaped their thinking––but not Henry Miller. In unique work, he take an utterly candid and self-revealing account of the reading he did during his formative years. In he Books in My Life he shares the thrills of discovery that many kinds of books have brought to a keenly curious and questioning mind. Some of Miller 's favorite author are the giants whom most of us revere––authors such as Dostoievsky, Boccaccio, Walt Whitman, James Joyce, Thomas Mann, Lao-Tse. To them he brings fresh and penetrating insights. But many are lesser-known figures: Krishnamurti, the prophet-sage; the French contemporaries Blaise Cendrars and Jean Giono; Richard Jeffries, who wrote Anothe tory of My Heart; the Welshman John Cowper Powys; and scores of others. Thi Books in My Life contains some fine autobiographical chapters, too. Miller describes his boyhood in Brooklyn, when he devoured the historical stories of G. A. Henty and the romances of Rider Haggard. He says of the wome and women whom he regards as " living books ": Lou Jacobs, W. E. B. DuBois, Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, and others. He offers his reminiscences of the New York Theatre in the early 1900's––including plays such as Alias Jimmy Valentine and Nellie, the Beautiful Cloak Model. And ultimately, in Miller 's best vein of humor, he rovides a satiric chapter on bathroom reading. In an appendix, Miller lists the hundred books that have inspire him most.