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By Ronald T. Sion

Aldous Huxley, writer of 11 novels, continues to be one of many towering figures of the 20th century, his paintings proof against passing fads in literature. This severe biography explores Huxley's life-long quest for self-actualization via interfacing the occasions of his existence with information of the inventive interval that produced each one publication. The textual content weaves Huxley's letters, essays and interviews with the thematic content material of every novel, offering a special investigate the man's existence and paintings. of extreme significance is the depiction of anyone striving for the highbrow progress that might yield a valid philosophical and religious view of existence, one he infused into his paintings.

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Scogan is the one to respond to Gombauld’s bold discourse. He, for one, looks optimistically to the future when Applied Science has gifted the world with another achievement, namely the dissociation of love from propagation. No longer will Eros struggle with Lucina. Free from the constraints that love can place on sexual desire, he once more foreshadows the sexual promiscuity that is an essential aspect of the world order in Brave New World. Scogan says that he envisions a future world in which people will be incubated in bottles with the family system destroyed.

Huxley ingeniously moves the reader from one pair to another, even providing an enlightening and amusing soiree into lower-class life in the small dwelling inhabited by the Elvers. But the parallel view of these lovers hints at Huxley’s parallel view of a life lived and a life pondered. It is in “The Journey” (Part IV) that the train moves from the Palace of Cybo Malaspina to Rome, wherein Huxley not only provides the reader with a bird’s eye view of the eternal art surrounding the city, but advances what was to become the platform for Huxley’s insatiable thirst for the more— the insatiable need to examine oneself and therein to find the real, the true, and the beautiful.

This sense of anonymity may have been Huxley’s method of emphasizing the general spirit of futility. The various personalities in a frantic pursuit of false values search in vain and only find more confusion. Given this intent, the author’s literary impressionism reveals the consciousness of the age in a style unequaled by most of his contemporaries. Antic Hay: Theme, Influences and Characters In a 1923 letter to his father, Aldous Huxley expresses regret that his father found the novel Antic Hay distasteful.

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