Other Literary Forms
The diversity of Aldous Huxley’s more than sixty books encompasses nine collections of poetry (the largest selection being in Verses and a Comedy); several plays (The Gioconda Smile, pb. 1948, based on his short story of this title, also was the basis of Huxley’s screenplay for the 1948 feature film A Woman’s Vengeance); numerous essays, gathered in several collections (the most convenient being the Collected Essays of 1959); and monographs on biography (for example, the 1941 study of Cardinal Richelieu, Grey Eminence), travel (for example, Beyond the Mexique Bay, 1934), politics and science (for example, Brave New World Revisited, 1958), philosophy (for example, The Perennial Philosophy, 1945), art and literature (for example, Vulgarity in Literature, 1930), and psychology and religion (for example, The Doors of Perception, 1954). He also wrote eleven novels, from Crome Yellow, in 1921, to Island, in 1962. He is perhaps most famous for his dystopian novel Brave New World (1932), which in many ways eerily prefigured modern society.