Huxley, Aldous: Brave new World

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ALDOUS HUXLEY: Brave New World THE AUTHOR Aldous Huxley was born in 1894, the third son of Leonard Huxley and the grandson of Thomas Henry Huxley (an important disciole of Darwin). His mother, who died when Aldous was fourteen, was the niece of niece of Matthew Arnold (a Victorian poet); the philosopher Sir Julian Huxley was his brother. In 1916 Aldous Huxley took a first in English at Balliol College, Oxford, despite a condition of near-blindness which had developed while he was at Eton. In 1919 he married Maria Nys, a Belgian and joined The Athanaeum. His first book of verse had been published in 1916 and two more followed. Then, in 1920, Limbo, a collec-tion of short stories, was published. A year later, his first novel Crome Yellow appeared and his reputation was firmly established. In the 1930s he moved from Italy to Sanary (near Toulon) where he wrote Brave New World. Believing that the climate would help his eyesight, he left for California, where he became convinced of the value of mystical experience and described the effects of his experiments in The Doors of Perception and Heaven and Hell. One year after his wife`s death in 1955, he married Laura Archera, a concert violonist who had become a practising psychotherapist. They continued to live in California, where Huxley died on 22 November 1963. THE MAIN CHARACTERS Bernard Marx - a highly intelligent but introverted and ugly Alpha plus scientist. The popular theory is that too much alcohol was accidentally put ...

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