Aldous Huxley (Bloom's Modern Critical Views) by Harold Bloom

By Harold Bloom

Aldous Huxley has been known as the twentieth century's resolution to the Renaissance philosopher. He received status from his utopian and dystopian fiction, together with courageous New international, aspect Counter element, Crome Yellow, and Ape and Essence. research extra approximately Huxley during the paintings of revered critics integrated during this textual content. This name, Aldous Huxley, a part of Chelsea condo Publishers’ smooth serious perspectives sequence, examines the foremost works of Aldous Huxley via full-length serious essays through professional literary critics. furthermore, this identify encompasses a brief biography on Aldous Huxley, a chronology of the author’s existence, and an introductory essay written by way of Harold Bloom, Sterling Professor of the arts, Yale college.

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Then, “luminous under the sun, the world before him was like one vast and intricate jewel. The elms had withered to a pale gold. Huge above the fields, and motionless, they seemed to be meditating in the crystal light of the morning” (18). As in his first book of poetry, Huxley parodies Wordsworth’s philosophy found in “Tintern Abbey” and The Prelude. Whereas Wordsworth describes his childhood as a time of unconscious mystical oneness with the universe, Huxley satirically counterpoints Anthony’s paradisiacal reveries with intrusive images of death.

Religion often merely exhorts us to niceness and “compassion”—a horizontalist heresy insofar as it substitutes for and thus forestalls love of God and upward self-transcendence. Religion’s recent rehabilitation among neoconservatives is not disproof, for it seeks not after upward self-transcendence. Rather, it has the same pragmatic motive as the suppression of religion in Huxley’s dystopia: to improve social control and stability, the better to keep the wheels turning. In its essentials, Brave New World is dangerously near fulfilled prophecy.

S. Eliot and Evelyn Waugh, Aldous Huxley did not convert to a specific religious community indigenous to Western culture; however, his entire life embraced a consciousnessexpanding search for ultimate reality revealed to him through the mystical qualities of color and light. Like Eliot and Waugh, Huxley found himself regarded by many critics as unfaithful to his earlier writing after his conversion to a spiritual faith. 1 More recent critics still tend to divide Huxley’s canon into two halves in which Eyeless in Gaza (1936) is sometimes referred to as his “conversion” novel (Bowering 114, Watt AH 19).

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