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By Ronald T. Sion

Aldous Huxley, writer of 11 novels, is still one of many towering figures of the 20th century, his paintings immune to passing fads in literature. This serious biography explores Huxley's life-long quest for self-actualization via interfacing the occasions of his existence with information of the inventive interval that produced each one publication. The textual content weaves Huxley's letters, essays and interviews with the thematic content material of every novel, offering a different look at the man's lifestyles and paintings. of extreme significance is the depiction of someone striving for the highbrow progress that may yield a legitimate philosophical and non secular view of existence, one he infused into his paintings.

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The Four Social Satires to pursue any realm beyond oneself. It is posited that even in Crome Yellow, his first novel, Huxley wanted to say something meaningful in the midst of a seemingly otherwise meaningless world. This, then, was his first attempt to journey into the world of ideologies to penetrate the essence of what it means to be human in a world far less concerned with humane virtues. While Denis Stone experiences no growth but is only self-absorbed at the conclusion of the novel — as is true of all the residents at Crome — the satire serves to represent the need for him to supplant materialistic pursuits with something that has more purpose.

Ironically, the reader knows that Anne was never intimate with Gombauld — she rebuffs his embrace and advances and scolds him. Mary, however, certain that Anne had also given in to her “repressions,” tells Denis with certitude that it must have happened and that his only course of action is to leave. ”16 25 ALDOUS HUXLEY AND THE SEARCH FOR MEANING Crome Yellow: The Satiric Episodes And so Crome Yellow concludes, but within its pages are cleverly narrated, irreverent scenes, satiric ploys, and dynamic characterizations that sparkle like the “chrome yellow” pigment from which Huxley tweaked the name.

Alexander Henderson sums up the mood of the novel as a reflection of the times: Of certain sides of London during those years it gives an unsurpassed picture. The feeling of the pointlessness of everything, the intentionally senseless diversions, ridiculous games like “Beaver,” the headlong rush to jazz and drink — anything to forget the war — the whole uneasy movement of the time symbolized so perfectly in the “Last Ride” ... of Mrs. 53 The more compelling and devastating effects of war can be found in the plight of the common citizens who suffered from the long financial depression.

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