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[July 26, 1894 - November 22, 1963]
Selected Letters (2007)
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
Moksha: Writings on Psychedelics and the Visionary Experience
(1977), Cynthia Palmerand and Michael Horowitz (Editor), eds
Selected writings from the author of Brave New
World and The Doors of Perception on the role of psychedelics
Includes letters and lectures by Huxley never published elsewhere.
In May 1953 Aldous Huxley took four-tenths of a gram of mescaline. The
mystical and transcendent experience that followed set him off on an
exploration that was to produce a revolutionary body of work about the
inner reaches of the human mind. Huxley was decades ahead of his time in
his anticipation of the dangers modern culture was creating through
explosive population increase, headlong technological advance, and
militant nationalism, and he saw psychedelics as the greatest means at our
disposal to "remind adults that the real world is very different from the
misshapen universe they have created for themselves by means of their
culture-conditioned prejudices." Much of Huxley's writings following his
1953 mescaline experiment can be seen as his attempt to reveal the power
of these substances to awaken a sense of the sacred in people living in a
technological society hostile to mystical revelations.
Moksha, a Sanskrit word meaning "liberation," is a collection of the
prophetic and visionary writings of Aldous Huxley. It includes selections
from his acclaimed novels Brave New World and Island, both of which
envision societies centered around the use of psychedelics as stabilizing
forces, as well as pieces from The Doors of Perception and
Heaven and Hell, his famous works on consciousness expansion.
Huxley and God: Essays on Religious Experience
(1992), Jacqueline Hazard Bridgeman, ed.
Drawing on the rich content of the scriptures,
tradition and history, this book offers a comprehensive roadmap of the
quest for both the Jesus of history and the Christ of faith.
Literature and Science (1963)
Brave New World Revisited (1958)
A fascinating work in which Huxley uses his
tremendous knowledge of human relations to compare the modern-day world
with the prophetic fantasy envisioned in
Brave New World, including threats to humanity, such as
overpopulation, propaganda, and chemical persuasion.
Collected Essays (1958)
Adonis & the Alphabet and Other Essays (1956)
Huxley's guidebook to the world of visionary
Heaven and Hell (1956)
In 1953, Aldous Huxley took four-tenths of a gram of
the drug Mescalin, sat down and waited to see what would happen. When he
opened his eyes everything was transformed. He describes his experience in
The Doors of Perception and its sequel
Heaven and Hell.
Doors of Perception (1954)
Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow: And Other Essays (1952)
Themes & Variations (1950)
Science, Liberty, and Peace (1946)
The Perennial Philosophy (1944)
The Perennial Philosophy is defined by its
author as "The metaphysic that recognizes a divine Reality substantial to
the world of things and lives and minds." With great wit and stunning
intellect, Aldous Huxley examines the spiritual beliefs of various religious
traditions and explains them in terms that are personally meaningful.
Both a document and a handbook The Art of Seeing
records Aldous Huxley's victory over near-blindness and details the simple
exercises anyone can follow to improve eyesight. Using the method devised
by Dr. W. H. Bates, "the pioneer of visual education," as Huxley called
him, and heeding the advice of Dr. Bates' disciple, Margaret D. Corbett,
Aldous Huxley conquered a vision problem that had plagued him for more
than a quarter century.
The Art of Seeing (1942)
Words and Their Meanings (1940)
The Olive Tree (1936)
Texts & Pretexts: An Anthology With Commentary, (1933)
Music at Night (1931)
Vulgarity in Literature: Digressions From A Theme (1930)
Do What You Will (1929)
Proper Studies (1927)
Essays New and Old (1926)
On the Margin (1923)
In Island, his last novel, Huxley transports
us to a Pacific island where, for 120 years, an ideal society has
flourished. Inevitably, this island of bliss attracts the envy and enmity
of the surrounding world. A conspiracy is underway to take over Pala and
events begin to move when an agent of the conspirators, a newspaperman
named Faranby, is shipwrecked there. What Faranby doesn't expect is how
his time with the people of Pala will revolutionize all his values and --
to his amazement -- give him hope.
The Genius and the Goddess (1955)
Huxley's brilliant exploration of the innermost
nature of an amoral woman -- of the famous scientist she married and of
the man she loved.
- In this savage novel Huxley transports us to Los
Angeles in the year 2108, where we learn to our dismay about the
22nd-century way of life.
Ape and Essence (1948)
- Sebastian Barnack, a handsome English schoolboy,
goes to Italy for the summer, and there his real education begins. His
teachers are two quite different men: Bruno Rontini, the saintly
bookseller, who teaches him about things spiritual; and Uncle Eustace, who
introduces him to life's profane pleasures.
Time Must Have a Stop (1944)
The novel that Aldous Huxley himself thought was his most successful at
"fusing idea with story," Time Must Have a Stop is part of Huxley's
lifelong attempt to explore the dilemmas of twentieth-century man and to
create characters who, though ill-equipped to solve the dilemmas, all go
stumbling on in their painfully serious comedies (in this novel we have
the dead atheist who returns in a seance to reveal what he has learned
after death but is stuck with a second-rate medium who garbles his
messages). Time Must Have a Stop is one of Huxley's finest
After Many a Summer Dies the Swan (1939)
- Eyeless in Gaza offers a counterpoint to the
biting cynicism of Huxley’s earlier satirical novels, and is considered by
many to be his definitive work of fiction.
Eyeless in Gaza (1936)
- A fantasy of the future that sheds a blazing
critical light on the present--considered to be Aldous Huxley's most
enduring masterpiece. See also
Brave New World and Brave New World Revisited.
Brave New World (1932)
- A brilliant social satire, it’s also been called the
Vanity Fair for the Twenties: the dilettantes who frequent Lady
Tantamount’s society parties engage in dazzling and witty conversations in
these wickedly funny portraits of D. H.
Lawrence, Katherine Mansfield, Ottoline Morrell and Huxley himself.
Point Counter Point (1928)
Those Barren Leaves: A Novel (1925)
- London life just after World War I, devoid of values
and moving headlong into chaos at breakneck speed Aldous Huxley's Antic
Hay, like Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises, portrays a world of
lost souls madly pursuing both pleasure and meaning. Fake artists,
third-rate poets, pompous critics, pseudo-scientists, con-men, bewildered
romantics, cock-eyed futurists all inhabit this world spinning out of
control, as wildly comic as it is disturbingly accurate. In a style that
ranges from the lyrical to the absurd, and with characters whose
identities shift and change as often as their names and appearances,
Huxley has here invented a novel that bristles with life and energy, what
the New York Times called "a delirium of sense enjoyment!"
Antic Hay (1923)
- On vacation from school, Denis goes to stay at Crome,
an English country house inhabitated by several of Huxley's most
outlandish characters--from Mr. Barbecue-Smith, who writes 1,500
publishable words an hour by "getting in touch" with his "subconscious,"
to Henry Wimbush, who is obsessed with writing the definitive HISTORY OF
CROME. Denis's stay proves to be a disaster amid his weak attempts to
attract the girl of his dreams and the ridicule he endures regarding his
plan to write a novel about love and art. Lambasting the post-Victorian
standards of morality, CROME YELLOW is a witty masterpiece that, in
F. Scott Fitzgerald's words, "is
too irnonic to be called satire and too scornful to be called irony."
Crome Yellow (1921)
Collected Short Stories (1957)
Jacob's Hands: A Fable (1930s) by Aldous
Jacob Ericson is a quiet, kind, and somewhat simple
man who works as a ranch hand for crotchety Professor Carter and his
crippled daughter, Sharon, in California's Mojave Desert in the 1920s. Jacob
is a good man, genuine, honorable, but hardly extraordinary--until he
miraculously heals a dying calf with his hands.
However, while he is content to cure the town's animals, it isn't long
before he is persuaded to use his gift in other ways. When Sharon, whom he
adores, begs him to heal her leg, he cannot deny her.
His acquiescence causes them both to be exploited. Sharon runs away to Los
Angeles to pursue her dreams of stardom. Jacob follows her, hopeful that
they will meet again. And they do--as miserable performers in a seedy stage
show. While they plan their escape from the dreary stage life, Jacob is
asked to heal a self-absorbed young millionaire. And with his assent,
Jacob's plans, and all of his dreams, begin to crumble.
Written in tight, vivid, and seamlessly crafted prose, this previously
unpublished tale by two of the greatest storytellers of the twentieth
century shows the dangers a magical gift holds for even the noblest of
Brief Candles - Stories by Aldous Huxley (1930)
Two or Three Graces and Other Stories (1926)
- Also known as
Little Mexican (1924)
Mortal Coils (1922)
Aldous Huxley: A Quest for Values (2006) by Milton Birnbaum
Dawn And the Darkest Hour: A Study of Aldous Huxley (2006) by George Woodcock
Aldous Huxley, Representative Man (2005) by James Hull
with Gerhard Wagner, ed.
Some Time in the Sun: The Hollywood Years of F. Scott Fitzgerald, William Faulkner, Nathanael West,
Aldous Huxley and J Agee (2004) by Tom Dardis
Aldous Huxley: A Biography (2003) by Nicholas Murray
Aldous Huxley (2002) by Harold Bloom
Aldous Huxley: An English Intellectual (2002) by Nicholas
Aldous Huxley: A Biography (2002) by Dana Sawyer
This Timeless Moment: A Personal View of Aldous Huxley (2000) by Laura Archera Huxley
Critical Essays on Aldous Huxley (1996), Jerome
Aldous Huxley Recollected: An Oral History (1995) by David
Between the Wars: Essays and Letters
(1994), David Bradshaw, ed.
Newly published essays and letters, edited and
introduced by David Bradshaw, showing Huxley's transformation from a
scourge of the masses in the 1920s to their compassionate spokesman by the
1930s, and including writings on art and literature, and letters to H. L.
Mencken and H. G. Wells.
Paths beyond Ego: The Transpersonal Vision
(1993), Frances Vaughan and
Roger Walsh, eds.
Aldous Huxley, Bill Devall,
Charles Tart, Christina Groff, the
Huston Smith, Jack Kornfield, Jayne Gackenbach, John Welwood,
Ken Wilber, Kenneth Ring,
Ram Dass, Sri Aurobindo,
Stanislav Grof, Stephen LaBerge,
William James and many, many more.
Huxley in Hollywood (1989) by
David King Dunaway
Aldous Huxley (1988) by Guinevera A. Nance
Aldous Huxley and Film (1987) by Virginia M. Clark
Aldous Huxley (1985) by Donald Wyatt
Aldous Huxley: A Biography (1974) by Sybille Bedford
Aldous Huxley: A Collection of Critical Essays
(1974), Robert E. Kuehn, ed.
Aldous Huxley a Biography Volume 2 (1974) by Sybille Bedford
Aldous Huxley: A Biographical Introduction (1973) by Philip
Malcolm Waller Thody
Aldous Huxley A Biography Volume 1: 1894-1939 (1973) by
The Social World of Aldous Huxley (1962) by Bede F. Hines
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