Aldous Huxley: A Study of the Major Novels

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A&C Black, 13.01.2014 - 242 Seiten
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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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Introduction
1
I The Novel of Ideas
5
II The Moral Dilemma
19
III Crome Yellow 1921
33
IV Antic Hay 1923
46
V Those Barren Leaves 1925
61
VI Point Counter Point 1928
77
VII Brave New World 1932
98
VIII Eyeless in Gaza 1936
114
IX After Many a Summer 1939
141
X Time Must Have a Stop 1945
160
XI Island 1962
181
XII The Moralist and the Artist
213
Conclusion
234
Index
239
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