Aldous Huxley Short Fiction Analysis
All twenty-one of Aldous Huxley’s short stories, ranging from the five pages of “The Bookshop” and the six pages of “Fard” to the thirty-eight pages of “Happily Ever After” and “Chawdron,” are gathered in Collected Short Stories, which remains one of Huxley’s books readily available to readers. Omitted from Collected Short Stories are three novelettes scattered in Huxley’s five principal early story collections: “Farcical History of Richard Greenow” (in Limbo), “Uncle Spencer” (in Little Mexican), and “After the Fireworks” (Brief Candles). In nearly all these works, as in his longer fiction, Huxley’s witty prose style is used to expose, with irony and satire, the gap between the ideal and the real in various societies, individual human personalities, and human behavior. An example of how Huxley’s prose style skewers the greed, indolence, and parasitism of the British aristocracy can be found in the following sentence describing the forebears of Baron Badgery—Huxley frequently uses comic names for satire—in the opening of “The Tillotson Banquet”:They had been content to live and quietly to propagate their species in a huge machiolated Norman castle, surrounded by a triple moat, only sallying forth to cultivate their property and to collect their rents.
With adroit irony, Huxley counterbalances his hallmark polysyllabism in “propagate” and “machiolated” with...
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