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Tropic of Cancer is by Henry Miller and was first published in 1934 by Obelisk Press in Paris. Its 1961 publication in the US by Grove Press led to one of several obscenity trials that tested American laws on pornography. In 1964, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Grove Press, Inc. v. Gerstein, cited Jacobellis v. Ohio (decided that same day) and overruled state court findings of obscenity.
While famous for its frank and often graphic depiction of sex, the book is also widely regarded as an important masterpiece of 20th century literature. Time magazine included the novel in its TIME 100 Best English-language Novels from 1923 to 2005.
The book was famously distributed by Frances Steloff at her Gotham Book Mart, in defiance of censorship pressures.