“Astonishing.... What makes her work so singularly absorbing is the complete sympathy she somehow pairs with her characteristic detachment.”

— Benjamin Schwartz Atlantic Monthly on Aldous Huxley

Aldous Huxley

ISBN: 9781566634540

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Aldous Huxley

by Sybille Bedford

In this dazzling conjunction of subject and author, the great English novelist Aldous Huxley, the “wholly civilized man,” is brought wholly alive in a magnificent full-scale biography by the brilliant English novelist Sybille Bedford, an intimate friend of the Huxleys through four decades. With a pointillistic richness of moment, place, and talk, she re-creates not only the private Huxley and the literary Huxley but the entire intellectual and social era to which he was central. Despite the almost total loss of his sight at age sixteen, Huxley became a titan and cultural hero of the decades after World War I, on terms with the outstanding writers and artists of his day, from D. H. Lawrence to Stravinksy and Auden. He had two separate and large careers as Crome Yellow and Point Counter Point, flag-bearer of England’s Bright Young People through the 1920s, and romancer of glittering women