Aldous Huxley Recollected: An Oral History

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Rowman Altamira, Jan 1, 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 250 pages
Best-selling author Aldous Huxley's American years have been a period literary historians discounted. His reputation suffered after his exile to California, which he undertook partly for the sake of his failing sight, partly out of disappointment with the European peace movement, and partly in search of new spiritual direction. With his move to California, Huxley became part of Hollywood's Golden Age, working alongside such noted figures as Charlie Chaplin, Greta Garbo, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Bertolt Brecht and Christopher Isherwood. During this time Huxley published nineteen books. His writing and life underwent many transformations, and many crucial unanswered questions remained about his sojourn. Were the writings of the American years as self-indulgent as critics claimed? How did cinematic conventions influence his art? Did he ever reach that unitary mystical experience he sought throughout the last decades of his life? Prominent oral historian and biographer David Dunaway responds to these questions, using interviews with co-workers, family, and friends and an analysis of Huxley's FBI files and little-known scripts for 'Jane Eyre' and 'Pride and Prejudice,' to provide us with intimate glimpses into Huxley's development as an author and a man. For the oral and literary historian, an extended introduction and appendix describe in detail the methods, processes, and challenges of doing oral literary history research.
 

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Though the brilliant Brave New World remains a classic dystopian novel, no one reads or teaches the dozens of other books Huxley wrote--neither the bright satires of the Twenties nor the earnest later ... Read full review

Contents

England Family Youth Parenthood 18941936
1
Hollywood 19371941
27
Llano and Wrightwood 19411949
57
Los Angeles 19491956
79
Hollywood Hills 19561963
119
His Legacy and Critical Reception Today
141
Notes
167
Acknowledgments
173
Checklist of Major Publications and Residences
175
Contributors
179
Appendices The Aldous Huxley Oral History Project
189
Transcribing and Editing Oral History
195
Oral Literary History and Oral Biography
203
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