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Aldous Huxley (1894–1963)

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Huxley was arguably Britain's best-known novelist of the interwar years. His reputation followed the success of 'Brave New World' in 1932, which, set 500 years in the future, conjured a nightmare vision of an overpopulated society that has resorted to biological engineering. It followed a string of satirical works: 'Crome Yellow' in 1921, 'Antic Hay' in 1923 and 'Those Barren Leaves' in 1925. Huxley later moved to the USA, where, partly due to interest in Hindu Vedantist ideas, his writing turned to pacifism, metaphysics and the potential of human capability. This plays out in 'Ends and Means' in 1937 and the autobiographical 'The Doors of Perception' in 1953, written under the influence of the hallucinogenic drug mescaline.

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Aldous Huxley (1894–1963)






H 33 x W (?) x D (?) cm

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purchased, 1980

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incised and dated


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