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Aldous Huxley (1894–1963)

Author of Brave New World

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About the Author

Aldous Huxley was born on July 26, 1894, in Surrey, England, into a distinguished scientific and literary family; his grandfather was the noted scientist and writer, T.H. Huxley. Following an eye illness at age 16 that resulted in near-blindness, Huxley abandoned hope of a career in medicine and show more turned instead to literature, attending Oxford University and graduating with honors. While at Oxford, he published two volumes of poetry. Crome Yellow, his first novel, was published in 1927 followed by Antic Hay, Those Barren Leaves, and Point Counter Point. His most famous novel, Brave New World, published in 1932, is a science fiction classic about a futuristic society controlled by technology. In all, Huxley produced 47 works during his long career, In 1947, Huxley moved with his family to southern California. During the 1950s, he experimented with mescaline and LSD. Doors of Perception and Heaven and Hell, both works of nonfiction, were based on his experiences while taking mescaline under supervision. In 1959, Aldous Huxley received the Award of Merit for the Novel from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He died on November 22, 1963. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Series

Works by Aldous Huxley

Brave New World (1932) 53,816 copies
Island (1962) 4,247 copies
Brave New World Revisited (1958) 2,828 copies
Point Counter Point (1928) 2,596 copies
Crome Yellow (1921) 2,004 copies
The Perennial Philosophy (1944) 1,850 copies
The Devils of Loudun (1952) 1,503 copies
Ape and Essence (1948) 1,323 copies
Eyeless in Gaza (1936) 1,321 copies
Antic Hay (1923) 1,315 copies
The Doors of Perception (1954) 1,101 copies
Time must have a stop (1944) 599 copies
Those Barren Leaves (1925) — Author — 599 copies
The Genius and the Goddess (1955) — Author — 500 copies
The Art of Seeing (1942) 414 copies
The Crows of Pearblossom (1967) 347 copies
Grey Eminence (1941) 285 copies
Brief Candles (1930) — Author — 244 copies
Collected Short Stories (1957) 239 copies
Jacob's Hands (1998) 183 copies
Mortal Coils (1922) 178 copies
Collected Essays (1959) 172 copies
Heaven and Hell (1956) — Author — 145 copies
Jesting Pilate (1926) — Author — 145 copies
Beyond the Mexique Bay (1934) 136 copies
Huxley and God: Essays (1901) 121 copies
The Human Situation (1977) 121 copies
Texts and Pretexts (1932) 107 copies
Literature and Science (1963) 92 copies
Pride and Prejudice [1940 film] (1940) — Screenwriter — 84 copies
Two or Three Graces (1926) — Author — 82 copies
Science, Liberty, and Peace (1946) 80 copies
Limbo (1920) 68 copies
Jane Eyre [1943 film] (1943) — Screenwriter — 64 copies
The Gioconda Smile {short story} (1901) — Author — 61 copies
Do What You Will (1929) 59 copies
100 Eternal Masterpieces of Literature - volume 1 (2017) — Contributor — 58 copies
Proper Studies (1927) 53 copies
Twice Seven (1944) 51 copies
On Art and Artists (1960) 44 copies
Themes and Variations (1777) 43 copies
Stories, Essays, and Poems (1921) 42 copies
Letters of Aldous Huxley (1969) 41 copies
Little Mexican (1924) 39 copies
Adonis and the alphabet (1956) 37 copies
The Hidden Huxley (1994) 33 copies
The World of Aldous Huxley (1921) 27 copies
Now More Than Ever (2000) 23 copies
Psychedelics: Vintage Minis (2017) 21 copies
Leda (1920) 20 copies
Mi Tio Spencer (1933) 17 copies
The burning wheel (1916) 16 copies
The Gioconda Smile: A Play (1948) 14 copies
Essays New and Old (1926) 12 copies
Words and their meanings (2018) 10 copies
Contos escolhidos (2014) 7 copies
Essays 7 copies
Prisons (1949) 7 copies
Crome Yellow | Antic Hay (1968) 7 copies
Selected Essays (1961) 5 copies
Pacifism and Philosophy (1994) 5 copies
CUENTOS SELECTOS (2000) 4 copies
The Monocle (1959) 4 copies
Jonah (2001) 3 copies
Obras Completas Vol III (1969) 3 copies
Novelas I Aldous Huxley (1957) 3 copies
Aldous Huxley 3 copies
Obras completas 3 copies
The Tillotson Banquet (1953) 3 copies
The Rest Cure (1985) 3 copies
EL TIEMPO Y LA MAQUINA (1945) 2 copies
A situação humana (2016) 2 copies
Cynthia (1988) 2 copies
EDEBİYAT VE BİLİM (2016) 2 copies
Brave New World & 1984 (2020) 2 copies
Meistererzählungen (1984) 2 copies
Selected Poems (1925) 2 copies
Nuns at Luncheon (2013) 2 copies
Fard 2 copies
Apa och ande 1 copy
U prilog duhu (2015) 1 copy
Zaman Artık Durmalı (2023) 1 copy
El precio del progreso (2022) 1 copy
Eminência Parda (1900) 1 copy
La situación humana (1980) 1 copy
Antologia do conto moderno — Author — 1 copy
Chawdron (2011) 1 copy
Half-Holiday 1 copy
Czas musi stanąć (2022) 1 copy
The Claxtons 1 copy
The Dwarfs 1 copy
Verhalen 1 copy
Unser Glaube 1 copy
Novelas II 1 copy
Poesía completa (2011) 1 copy
Pripovjetke 1 copy
Las manos de Jacob (1998) 1 copy
1977 1 copy
On Language (1961) 1 copy
1965 1 copy

Associated Works

The Bhagavad Gita (0400) — Introduction, some editions — 9,356 copies
50 Great Short Stories (1952) — Contributor — 1,252 copies
The Devil in the Flesh (1921) — Introduction, some editions — 1,116 copies
The Crimes of Love (1800) — Introduction, some editions — 545 copies
The First and Last Freedom (1954) — Foreword, some editions — 509 copies
The Penguin Book of English Short Stories (1967) — Contributor — 430 copies
75 Short Masterpieces: Stories from the World's Literature (1961) — Contributor — 297 copies
A Treasury of Short Stories (1947) — Contributor — 293 copies
The Penguin Book of Contemporary Verse (1950) — Contributor, some editions — 264 copies
A Book of English Essays (1942) — Contributor — 242 copies
The Omnibus of Crime (1929) — Contributor — 208 copies
The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna (1942) — Foreword, some editions — 195 copies
The Oxford Book of English Short Stories (1998) — Contributor — 193 copies
Zen and the Psychology of Transformation: The Supreme Doctrine (1951) — Foreword, some editions — 180 copies
Selected Letters (1950) — Editor — 167 copies
Short Stories from the Strand (1992) — Contributor — 139 copies
The Road to Science Fiction #2: From Wells to Heinlein (1979) — Contributor — 137 copies
The World of Mathematics, Volume 4 (1956) — Contributor — 123 copies
The Utopia Reader (1999) — Contributor — 112 copies
Great Modern Reading (1943) — Contributor — 107 copies
You Are Not the Target (1602) — Foreword — 107 copies
Books and Printing: A Treasury for Typophiles (1951) — Contributor — 96 copies
The Piero della Francesca trail (1523) — some editions — 89 copies
The Treasury of English Short Stories (1985) — Contributor — 85 copies
The Complete Etchings of Goya (1943) — Preface, some editions — 84 copies
The Treasury of Science Fiction Classics (1954) — Contributor — 75 copies
Traveller's Library (1933) — Contributor — 70 copies
The Bedside Book of Famous British Stories (1940) — Contributor — 67 copies
The Awakening of Faith: The Classic Exposition of Mahayana Buddhism (1960) — Foreword, some editions — 67 copies
Brave New World: A Graphic Novel (2022) — Contributor — 64 copies
Turning Points: Essays on the Art of Science Fiction (1977) — Contributor — 47 copies
Vedanta for Modern Man (1951) — Contributor, some editions — 47 copies
The Mammoth Book of Thrillers, Ghosts and Mysteries (1936) — Contributor — 47 copies
Krishnamurti: 100 Years (1995) — Author — 46 copies
Masters of the Modern Short Story (1945) — Contributor — 46 copies
The Oxford Book of Historical Stories (1994) — Contributor — 40 copies
A Quarto of Modern Literature (1935) — Contributor — 39 copies
The Oxford Book of English Love Stories (1996) — Contributor — 35 copies
Modern English Short Stories (1939) — Contributor — 35 copies
Great Short Stories of Detection, Mystery, and Horror (1928) — Contributor — 32 copies
The Devils [1971 film] (1991) — Original novel — 31 copies
A Book of Essays (1963) — Contributor — 26 copies
Acupuncture : cure of many diseases (1971) — Preface, some editions — 25 copies
The Seas of God: Great Stories of the Human Spirit (1944) — Contributor — 25 copies
A Virgin Heart (1925) — Translator, some editions — 23 copies
Great English Short Stories (1930) — Contributor — 20 copies
Twentieth Century Interpretations of 1984 (1971) — Contributor — 19 copies
The Future is Now: America Confronts the New Genetics (2002) — Contributor — 16 copies
Great Classic Stories II: Eighteen Unabridged Classics (2010) — Contributor — 16 copies
Future Media (2011) — Contributor — 14 copies
The Panorama of Modern Literature (1934) — Contributor — 14 copies
Mehr Morde (1961) — Contributor — 13 copies
Trees: A Celebration (1989) — Contributor — 13 copies
Travel in Vogue (1981) — Author — 11 copies
Great Classic Mysteries: Thirteen Unabridged Stories (2010) — Author, some editions — 9 copies
England forteller : britiske og irske noveller (1970) — Contributor — 9 copies
Murder Without Tears (1946) — Contributor — 9 copies
Meesters der Engelse vertelkunst (1957) — Contributor — 8 copies
Food in Vogue: Six Decades of Cooking and Entertaining (1976) — Contributor — 8 copies
The London Omnibus (1932) — Contributor — 8 copies
Writer to Writer: Readings on the Craft of Writing (1966) — Contributor — 8 copies
The Black Cabinet (1989) — Contributor — 7 copies
Bachelor's Quarters: Stories from Two Worlds (1944) — Contributor — 7 copies
Time to Be Young: Great Stories of the Growing Years (1945) — Contributor — 7 copies
They still draw pictures! (2019) — Introduction — 6 copies
Quintet: 5 of the World's Greatest Short Novels (1956) — Contributor — 6 copies
The Ambassador (1961) — Contributor — 5 copies
The discovery: a comedy in five acts (1924) — Adaptation, some editions — 5 copies
The Best from Cosmopolitan — Contributor — 4 copies
Huivering wekken : 26 onthutsende verhalen (1982) — Contributor — 4 copies
30 Eternal Masterpieces of Humorous Stories (2017) — Contributor — 4 copies
La experiencia del éxtasis 1955-1963 (2003) — Contributor — 3 copies
Profil d'une oeuvre : Le meilleur des mondes, Huxley (1986) — Contributor — 3 copies
Great Tales of the Far West (1956) — Contributor — 2 copies
American Aphrodite (Volume Three, Number Nine) (1953) — Contributor — 2 copies
Selections From Huxley (1911) 2 copies
Oxford Poetry 1917 (1918) — Contributor — 2 copies
Georgian Stories 1924 — Contributor — 2 copies
Best Crime Stories 2 — Contributor — 1 copy
7 Novel Dystopian Collection — Contributor — 1 copy

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Although somewhat dry at times as there is not much excitement in the way of a plot, this book really makes you think about society, particularly western society. The people of pala have adapted to a much different society and makes one wonder if their methods could be implemented in other cultures. I especially found their views of education interesting
 
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Crystal199 | 62 other reviews | Apr 13, 2024 |
A reread for my book club 😉

I first read this book as a tween/teen, with the reverence appropriate when reading an Important Classic. Thankfully, I don’t do this any more. I also have to confess that the vicious satire flew right over my teen head (not surprising, really).

The satire aspect was what I enjoyed the most this time. (What does this say about being an adult?😆) Henry Ford worship? Hilarious. Both polyamory and chaste monogamy get crucified, and so do religion and atheism. This world’s Solidarity Services with their Solidarity Hymns read like a pimped up version of a corporate team building exercise. (“Orgy-porgy!”) Naturally, we will go to a darker place with this by the end.

Otherwise, this book is a thought experiment that is trying to be a novel. Sometimes it succeeds (I liked the description of John’s childhood, for example). The dystopian society, with its castes, genetic predestination and conditioning, is quite horrifying. Everyone is happy, though (oh, the irony), they love their place as this or that cog in a society’s machine. They also get soma, the happy drug (I thought of our social media fixes).

I do have questions:

🤔 Giving your entire population access to a happy drug that apparently can kill you if you overdose enough is a bad, bad idea. Sure, the government controls the access, but has the author ever met a drug addict? How is this dystopia still functioning?

🤔 People are conditioned not to have close relationships with anyone, no intense emotions. Considering what we know about humans as social animals and emotional support that children need growing up, this should be a society of psychopaths. Ouch. I do like my dystopias to be more realistic, you know.

The “brave new world” has taken sexual freedom to extreme. Monogamy is a very very weird thing, nobody does this, “everyone belongs to everyone else.” Fair enough. But guess what, women are sex objects, they are ready to jump at any and every man, and they enjoy it, too, because conditioning. (Also, only the men seem to fly those helicopters the characters are always swishing about in. Women don’t have the skills, I suppose.) This dystopia is every macho’s wet dream, my friends! Please don’t ever use the word “pneumatic” in conversation with me. Those who have read the book will know what I mean.

As is usual in thought experiment books, the characters are not very interesting. They are vehicles that take the author’s ideas forward.

Since A Brave New World was written in the 1930’s, some things have aged badly. Apparently “Negro ovaries” produce way more clones than the Caucasian ones. Gaah. Someone is described as an “octoroon”. What is that? I consulted a dictionary – “a person who is one-eighth black by descent.” Ouch.

So, it was a thought-provoking reread, but there is no love lost between the book and me. I did get some cool quotes out of this:

“And being contented has none of the glamour of a good fight against misfortune, none of the picturesqueness of a struggle with temptation, or a fatal overthrow by passion or doubt. Happiness is never grand.”

“But I don’t want comfort. I want God, I want poetry, I want real danger, I want freedom, I want goodness. I want sin.”
“In fact,” said Mustapha Mond, “you are claiming the right to be unhappy.”
… (more)
½
 
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Alexandra_book_life | 769 other reviews | Apr 5, 2024 |
This is a classic dystopian fiction that really makes you think about our current culture.
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philibin | 769 other reviews | Mar 25, 2024 |
I have wanted to re-read this book for some time as I read it during my teens and had forgotten a lot of the details. This cautionary tale of the perils of genetic engineering has dated a little but the story still packs a punch. I haven't devoured a book like this for a long time. Well worth a second look, or a first look if you haven't read it.
 
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SarahEBear | 769 other reviews | Mar 25, 2024 |

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