No resident of Big Sur was more controversial, or interesting, than author Henry Miller (1891-1980). Some of his books were regarded as obscene by the U.S. government, but thousands of readers regarded him as important. His neighbors on the coast were similarly divided – many people loathed him; others loved his fierce commitment to freedom. Perhaps Big Sur played a role in his creativity, says Magnus Toren, director of the Henry Miller Library. The library, a little jewel, is located 45 minutes south of Carmel, one-quarter mile south of Nepenthe restaurant. "The intensity and romance of this landscape attracts people with an independent spirit," Toren says, "and it also brings forth in them an urge to create."
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