Now More Than Ever

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University of Texas Press, Jan 1, 2000 - Drama - 95 pages
Over the course of his long career, Aldous Huxley shifted away from elitist social satires and an uncompromising irreligion toward greater concern for the masses and the use of religious terms and imagery. This title was written just after Brave New World and is a response to the social, economic and political upheavals of its time. Huxley's protagonist is an idealistic financier whose grandiose scheme for industrial renewal drives him to swindling and finally to suicide. His fate allows the author to expose the evils he percieves in free-market capitalism while pleading the case for national economic planning and the rationalisation of Britain's industrial base.
 

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More of a historical curiosity than a functional drama, this previously unpublished play by Huxley (1894$1963) offers readers another dimension to the creator of the novel Brave New World and the play ... Read full review

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Page 85 - If consumption exceed production, the capital of the country must be diminished, and its wealth must be gradually destroyed from its want of power to produce ; if production be in a great excess above consumption, the motive to accumulate and produce must cease from the want of will to consume.

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Aldous Huxley was born on July 26, 1894, in Surrey, England, into a distinguished scientific and literary family; his grandfather was the noted scientist and writer, T.H. Huxley. Following an eye illness at age 16 that resulted in near-blindness, Huxley abandoned hope of a career in medicine and turned instead to literature, attending Oxford University and graduating with honors. While at Oxford, he published two volumes of poetry. Crome Yellow, his first novel, was published in 1927 followed by Antic Hay, Those Barren Leaves, and Point Counter Point. His most famous novel, Brave New World, published in 1932, is a science fiction classic about a futuristic society controlled by technology. In all, Huxley produced 47 works during his long career, In 1947, Huxley moved with his family to southern California. During the 1950s, he experimented with mescaline and LSD. Doors of Perception and Heaven and Hell, both works of nonfiction, were based on his experiences while taking mescaline under supervision. In 1959, Aldous Huxley received the Award of Merit for the Novel from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He died on November 22, 1963.

David Bradshaw is Hawthornden Fellow and Tutor in English Literature at Worcester College, Oxford.

David Bradshaw is Hawthornden Fellow and Tutor in English Literature at Worcester College, Oxford.

James Sexton is a Lecturer in English at Camosun College in Victoria, British Columbia.

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