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Huxley, Aldous. (1894 - 1963).

W o r k

- well-read and self-consciously literary: in his titles uses phrases of Shakespeare, Bacon, Milton, and others

- author of satirical pictures of the self-conscious pursuit of modernity on the part of his characters

Crome Yellow (1921):

- concerned with a scientific future in which "impersonal generation will take the place of Nature's hideous system"

Antic Hay (1923)
Those Barren Leaves (1925)
Point Counter Point (1928):

- attempts a "musicalization of fiction"

<=> an analogy with musical counterpoint: offers glimpses of diverse experience seemingly observed simultaneously

- counterpoint = a harmony between two or more different voices

Brave New World (1932):

- his Dystopian masterpiece

- challenges scientific optimism about the future

- claims that individual freedom is rooted in literature and religion

- conclusion: the character of Savage chooses the precarious freedom of being unhappy rather than to comply to the controlled and sterile scientific world

Eyeless in Gaza (1936):

- his formally most experimental novel

- employes difficult unchronological shifts in time and perspective


"We've gone on controlling ever since. It hasn't been good for truth, of course. But it's been good for happiness."

From Brave New World (1932).


(Photo: Britannica).

  • Author

    Aldous Leonard Huxley. (1894 - 1963). British.
  • Work

    Novelist. Author of Brave New World (1932).
  • Genres

    Modern novel. Science Fiction. Dystopia.


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