Aldous Huxley A Biography Volume 1 1894-1939 by Sybille Bedford


In this dazzling conjunction of subject and author, the great English novelist Aldous Huxley, the “wholly civilised 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; and later, in America, as the increasingly philosophical and utopian thinker, and a pioneering explorer of the frontiers of the human mind. Drawing on his letters and diaries, the memories of his intimates, and her own sharp and sensitive comprehension of Huxley’s writings, Mrs. Bedford has written a masterful biography. “Her novelist’s eye,” writes V. S. Pritchett, “brings the writer to life. Huxley becomes a living, deeply attractive presence, while his great contemporaries flash through these pages in memorable and moving encounters. Mrs. Bedford’s biography stands as the major work on a major figure in the literary and intellectual history of the twentieth century.”

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A hardcover edition with sky blue boards, gilt lettering and illustrated, clipped dust jacket. There is  slight foxing and toning throughout but the text is clear and legible. The dust jacket has 4 small tears and some rubbing and tearing along the edges.

Now in a clear plastic cover to protect from damage.

One volume only

Publisher: Chatto & Windus/William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd, London.

Publication Date: 1973.

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