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Aldous Huxley (Thomas Dunne Books)

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When Aldous Huxley died on November 22, 1963, on the same day that John F. Kennedy was assassinated, he was widely considered to be one of the most intelligent and wide-ranging English writers of the twentieth century. Associated in the public mind with his dystopian satire, Brave New World, and experimentation with drugs that preceded the psychedelic, a term he invented, era of the 1960s, Huxley seemed to embody the condition of twentieth-century man in his restless curiosity, his search for meaning in a post-religious age, and his concern about the misuses of science and the future of the planet.

But Huxley was born when Queen Victoria was on the British throne. He was the grandson of the great Victorian scientist Thomas Henry Huxley “Darwins bulldog,” and the great-nephew of the great poet and critic Matthew Arnold. Exiled in the Californian sun, he never ceased to think of himself as part of a tradition that could be traced back to the Victorian public intellectuals.

This biography of Huxley---the first in thirty years---draws on a substantial amount of unpublished material, as well as numerous interviews with his family and friends. It is a portrait of a daring and iconoclastic novelist; a man hampered by semi-blindness, who spent a restless life in search of personal enlightenment. Nicholas Murray charts Huxleys Bloomsbury years, his surprising and complex relationship with D. H. Lawrence, and his emigration to America in the late 1930s, where he pursued a career as a screenwriter while continuing his fascination with mysticism and religion. Huxleys private life was also unconventional, and this book reveals for the first time the extraordinary story of the ménage à trois including Huxley, his remarkable wife, Maria, and the Bloomsbury socialite and mistress of Clive Bell, Mary Hutchinson.

Huxley emerges from this new biography as one of the most intriguing and complex figures of twentieth-century English writing---novelist, poet, biographer, philosopher, social and political thinker. In an era of intense specialization he remained a free-ranging thinker, unconfined by conventional categories, concerned to communicate his insights in ordinary language---a very English intellectual.

Synopsis:

Murray presents a fascinating reassessment of one of the most colorful and interesting writers of the 20th century. 16 page photo insert.

About the Author

Nicholas Murray has written biographies of Bruce Chatwin, Matthew Arnold, and Andrew Marvell. Born in Liverpool, he now lives in London and Wales.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312302375
Subtitle:
A Biography
Author:
Murray, Nicholas
Publisher:
Thomas Dunne Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
20th century
Subject:
Authors, English
Edition Number:
1st U.S. ed.
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series:
Thomas Dunne Books
Series Volume:
GTR-517
Publication Date:
20030324
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Plus one 16-page bandw photo insert
Pages:
480
Dimensions:
9.48x6.56x1.58 in. 1.94 lbs.

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