Aldous Huxley: A Study of the Major Novels
A&C Black, 13.01.2014 - 242 Seiten
Essays analysing the decline of Aldous Huxley as a novelist have become a commonplace of literary criticism over the past two decades, yet he continues to be read and few writers equal his ability to make moral concepts exciting, to animate ideas and clothe them with life and vitality. In this study of the nine major novels, from Crome Yellow (1921) to Island (1962), Mr Bowering offers a positive evaluation Huxley's achievements as a novelist of ideas, as the moralist of a scientific age, and as an ironist worthy to be compared with Swift. He shows how the conflicting claims of morality and art must be judged in relation to Huxley's work as a whole and to this search for a way of life which would 'fit all the facts of experience'. All the principle novels require some knowledge of Huxley's source materials to be adequately understood and Mr Bowering is particularly informative on this score. His discussion indeed attempts to set the novels in the widest possible area of reference.
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abstractions Aldous Huxley Aldwinkle Anthony Beavis Anthony’s Antic Hay Bardo Barnack Barren Leaves become Bidlake body Brave New World Brian Calamy Calamy’s Cardan characters Chelifer Clear Light conﬂict consciousness conversion critics Crome Yellow cynicism D. H. Lawrence death Eustace Barnack Eustace’s evil existence experience Eyeless in Gaza fact feel ﬁgure ﬁnal ﬁnally ﬁnd ﬁrst ﬂesh ﬂower Gerald Heard Gumbril Helen human Huxley’s Huxley’s novels ideal inﬂuence intellectual ironic irony Island kind knowledge later Lawrence Lawrence’s literary living Lypiatt Maithuna man’s meditation ment mescalin mind moral mother’s mystical nature never novel of ideas novelist one’s Pala Palanese passion perennial philosophy Philip Quarles physical Point Counter Point political problem Propter Rampion reality realized reﬂects reﬂexes religion satire scientiﬁc Scogan Sebastian sense sensual sexual Shearwater signiﬁcance social society spiritual Staithes Stoyte Stoyte’s symbol theme there’s things tion truth utopian values vision Viveash Webley’s Wimbush