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When inspiration leads Theodore Gumbril to design a type of pneumatic trouser cushion to ease the discomfort of sedentary life, he decides the time has come to give up teaching and seek his fortune in the metropolis. He soon finds himself caught up in the hedonistic world of his friends Mercaptan, Lypiatt and the thoroughly civilised Myra Viveash, and his burning ambitions begin to lose their urgency.
Wickedly funny and deliciously barbed, Antic Hay epitomises the glittering neuroticism of the twenties. For them, life has become boring, futile, full of ennui. So we get the 'Antic Hay', the dance of profane love, but with the wood-wild strains of Pan broken up into the hesitating rhythms demanded by the fever of modern life.
Huxley has a fine sensibility and his wit and fresh vision lend Antic Hay a crystalline quality". Aldous Huxley was born on 26 July near Godalming, Surrey. He began writing poetry and short stories in his early 20s, but it was his first novel, Crome Yellow , which established his literary reputation.
This was swiftly followed by Antic Hay , Those Barren Leaves and Point Counter Point — bright, brilliant satires in which Huxley wittily but ruthlessly passed judgement on the shortcomings of contemporary society.
For most of the s Huxley lived in Italy and an account of his experiences there can be found in Along the Road The great novels of ideas, including his most famous work Brave New World published in this warned against the dehumanising aspects of scientific and material 'progress' and the pacifist novel Eyeless in Gaza were accompanied by a series of wise and brilliant essays, collected in volume form under titles such as Music at Night and Ends and Means In , at the height of his fame, Huxley left Europe to live in California, working for a time as a screenwriter in Hollywood.
As the West braced itself for war, Huxley came increasingly to believe that the key to solving the world's problems lay in changing the individual through mystical enlightenment. The exploration of the inner life through mysticism and hallucinogenic drugs was to dominate his work for the rest of his life. His beliefs found expression in both fiction Time Must Have a Stop,, and Island, and non-fiction The Perennial Philosophy, ; Grey Eminence, ; and the account of his first mescalin experience, The Doors of Perception, Huxley died in California on 22 November For the latest books, recommendations, offers and more.
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He published over 50 books, novels, travel books, histories, poems, plays, screenplays, and essays on philosophy, arts, sociology, religion, and morals. His grandfather. From to he attended Balliol College, Oxford, where he excelled academically and edited literary journals. Huxley was considered a prodigy, being exceptionally intelligent and creative. This is where the reader is set off on a journey to the midst and minds of intellectuals and members of the London cultural elite in turbulent times in the after math of World War I.
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When inspiration leads Theodore Gumbril to design a type of pneumatic trouser cushion to ease the discomfort of sedentary life, he decides the time has come to give up teaching and seek his fortune in the metropolis. He soon finds himself caught up in the hedonistic world of his friends Mercaptan, Lypiatt and the thoroughly civilised Myra Viveash, and his burning ambitions begin to lose their urgency. Wickedly funny and deliciously barbed, Antic Hay epitomises the glittering neuroticism of the twenties. For them, life has become boring, futile, full of ennui.