ALDOUS HUXLEY by John Atkins

ALDOUS HUXLEY

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Aldous Huxley has a fan. John Atkins takes the volatile, effervescent and ever-changing Mr. Huxley with a seriousness and essential lack of comprehension which Huxley himself might satirize. The book gives a brief outline of Huxley's life, his descent from a really alarmingly intelligent line of ancestors (Thomas Huxley, Matthew Arnold, etc.); his youthful bout with blindness; his ""coming out"" into the post World War I frivoliti; his drifting around the world, and his final (or is it) epousal of the Perennial Philosophy and the comforts of the U.S.A. But the heart of the book is the serious re-rendering of Huxley's kaleidoscopic ideas. The author devotes chapters of exegesis to ""Art and then Nature"", ""The Cynical Undertone"", ""En Route to Mysticism"", etc., but Huxley's more sophisticated readers will not find this necessary.

Pub Date: Oct. 7th, 1957
Publisher: Roy