Huxley’s Brave New World Reflects Fears About the Future (Great Events from History II: Arts and Culture Series)
Article abstract: Brave New World titillated readers with a portrait of an anti-Utopian world in which science and technology have satisfied every need at the expense of human freedom.
Summary of Event
By Brave New World’s publication early in 1932, Aldous Huxley was reaching the zenith of his fame as a novelist. Although he would publish much more over the next thirty years, he would turn increasingly to nonfiction.
Huxley grew up in the stimulating intellectual atmosphere of a family of prominent scientists and literary figures. His exposure to writing and matters of style came about as a natural consequence of his father’s editorship of the influential Cornhill Magazine. Huxley’s early writings included his contributions to the University of Oxford’s respected The Athæneum. During World War I, while still a student at Oxford, Huxley published two books of poetry. Another volume of poetry and a book of short fiction immediately preceded the 1921 publication of his first novel, Crome Yellow, which was a critical and popular success and established Huxley as a novelist of ideas and as a satirist.
Huxley’s world, from the beginning of his literary career up until (and certainly after) the publication of Brave New World, was one in which satire seemed to be the writer’s appropriate mode. The post-World War I era was crassly materialistic,...
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