Aldous Huxley

Aldous Huxley

Selected Letters

Book - 2007
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Of the ten thousand letters that Aldous Huxley wrote, only a fraction have been published. Those that were once considered too sensitive for publication can now be included in a wholly new collection. James Sexton's thoughtful selection opens new perspectives on one of the giants of prose. Huxley's letters movingly depict his courageous battle with almost total blindness. Later letters to his patroness demonstrate the brilliance that would soon gain Huxley an international reputation as one of his generation's major satirists. Gradually the letters reveal a shift from cynical satirist to a committed critic of fascism. The letters also provide plentiful insights into the London and New York theater scenes, and vivid discussions of Hollywood's film industry.

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Having edited the six volumes of Huxley's (1894-1963) complete essays, Sexton (Camosun College, British Columbia) here collects and briefly annotates a selection of the some 10,000 letters by the British writer, ranging from just before age seven to shortly before he died. Among them are love letters and letters with content considered too sensitive for earlier collections. He divides Huxley's life in half in 1937, when he moved to the US. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Of the ten thousand letters that Aldous Huxley wrote, only a fraction have been published. Almost forty years after the first appearance of a volume of Huxley's letters, those that were once considered too sensitive for publication can now be included in a wholly new collection. James Sexton's thoughtful selection opens new perspectives on the personal and intellectual lives of one of the giants of modern English prose and of social commentary in our time. Some of the earliest Huxley letters movingly depict his courageous battle with almost total blindness and his resulting unfitness for service in the Great War. Later letters to his patroness, Lady Ottoline Morrell, demonstrate much of the brilliance that would soon gain Huxley an international reputation as one of his generation's major satirists. Perhaps the most important group of letters in this edition is the sparkling correspondence from Huxley to Bloomsbury hostess Mary Hutchinson, revealing Aldous as a witty yet ardent lover.

Publisher: Chicago : Ivan R. Dee, 2007
ISBN: 9781566636292
1566636299
Branch Call Number: 823.912 HUX
Characteristics: viii, 497 p. ;,24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Sexton, James

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