By Ronald T. Sion
Aldous Huxley, writer of 11 novels, continues to be one of many towering figures of the 20th century, his paintings proof against passing fads in literature. This serious biography explores Huxley's life-long quest for self-actualization by means of interfacing the occasions of his existence with info of the inventive interval that produced each one booklet. The textual content weaves Huxley's letters, essays and interviews with the thematic content material of every novel, delivering a special look at the man's existence and paintings. of extreme significance is the depiction of a person striving for the highbrow progress that may yield a legitimate philosophical and religious view of lifestyles, one he infused into his paintings.
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The dialogue is often witty and the situations satirically drawn, but the problems of the microcosmic world of London society visited in the novel remained real and serious. Although social and economic concerns continued to be key issues, Huxley, nevertheless, points out that people take progress for granted: The experience of technological and even of human progress is seldom continuous and enduring. Human beings have an enormous capacity for taking things for granted. In a few months, even in a few days, the newly invented gadget, the new political or economic privileges, come to be regarded as parts of the existing order of things.
The social, political, and economic upheaval that transﬁxed the European scene following World War I was unprecedented. While the working class suffered the severest hardships, the more privileged class found themselves estranged from ancestral values and moral purpose. In his novel’s 35 ALDOUS HUXLEY AND THE SEARCH FOR MEANING depiction of aimless men and women, Huxley was, in a sense, joining the Lost Generation of literary writers. S. Eliot, Fitzgerald, Hemingway, and other postwar ﬁgures developed a similar theme — the dehumanizing aftermath of total warfare, and the uncertainty of a young generation unable to come to terms with the moral collapse and economic insecurity of a new age.
He even apologizes when Anne criticizes his tendency to quote others without providing the source or the context. The description of his lengthy contemplation over what to wear displays his superﬁcial desire to ever please the public. Frequently cut short before he is able to answer a question or engage in a con23 ALDOUS HUXLEY AND THE SEARCH FOR MEANING versation, Denis repeatedly thinks noble, eloquent thoughts but does not vocalize them. Accused by Anne of being like the academic Scogan, she asks him why he cannot be more spontaneous and just enjoy things as they come along.