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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Manuscripts

Correspondence

University of Houston Libraries, Special Collections

Aldous Huxley Papers, 1916-1963



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Huxley, Aldous, 1894-1963
Title: Aldous Huxley Papers
Dates: 1916-1963
Abstract: Born to a prominent British family in 1894, Aldous Huxley's career as a writer began in the 1920s with a sequence of novels and short story collections which lampooned the pretensions of post-World War I society. Interested in a variety of literary forms, Huxley also published books of essays, travel observations, and poetry. His works includeBrave New World, Point Counter Point, The Doors of Perception, as well as short stories, essays, plays, literary criticism and Hollywood screenplays. This collection contains signed letters and manuscripts written by Aldous Huxley.
Identification: 1964-001
Quantity: 2 boxes, 52 items
Repository: Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries

Biographical Note

Aldous Huxley was born in 1894 to a British family whose forebears included outspoken Darwin advocate Thomas Henry Huxley, his grandfather, and poet Matthew Arnold, his great-uncle. Huxley's career as a writer began in the 1920s with a sequence of novels and short story collections which lampooned the pretensions of post-World War I society. Interested in a variety of literary forms, Huxley also published books of essays, travel observations, and poetry. In 1928, he published the novel Point Counter Point, an ambitious work with a vast cast of characters which explored multiple points of view and the multiple aspects of experience.

In 1932, Huxley released the book which would become his most famous, Brave New World. In this cautionary tale of the future, babies are bred in test tubes to become workers who, as adults, are kept docile through games, “sleep teaching,” and the calming drug “soma.” The book's success brought him celebrity and fortune, but the novels which followed suffered from Huxley's inclusion of his own instructive rhetoric. Still as prolific as ever, he continued to churn out additional stories, essays, plays, literary criticism and, following his 1937 move to Southern California, several Hollywood screenplays.

In the final ten years of his life, Huxley experimented with LSD, writing about his experiences with the hallucinogen in his book The Doors of Perception. He died in 1963.

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Scope and Contents

This collection contains signed letters and manuscripts written by Aldous Huxley between 1916 and 1963. The bulk of the letters were sent to Huxley's friend Robert Nichols, an English poet and dramatist, between 1916 and 1935. The manuscripts included are for the novel Antic Hay, the essay “America and the Future,” the book Arabia Infelix and Other Poems, and the poem “Fifth Philosopher's Song, From Leda.” The manuscripts for “America and the Future” and Arabia Infelix show Huxley's corrections to his work.

The collection is arranged in two boxes, one of manuscripts and one of correspondence. The items are arranged chronologically within each box.

Much of Aldous Huxley's personal collection of manuscripts, diaries, and papers were destroyed when his Los Angeles home burned in 1960, enhancing the significance of this collection. Special Collections also houses a large number of Huxley's books, including many first editions and autographed copies.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Open for research.

Use Restrictions

Special Collections owns the physical items in our collections, but copyright normally belongs to the creator of the materials or their heirs. The researcher has full responsibility for determining copyright status, locating copyright holders, and abiding by current copyright laws when publishing or displaying copies of Special Collections material in print or electronic form. For more information, consult the appropriate librarian.

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Index Terms

Terms are either Library of Congress Subject Headings or taken from local sources.
Subjects (Persons)
Huxley, Aldous, 1894-1963
Subjects
Authors, English -- 20th century
Formats
Correspondence
Typescript drafts

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Administrative Information

Acquisition

These items were purchased by the University of Houston Libraries from C. Dorman David in September 1964. Items 22 and 23, Box 2, (two 1945 letters) were donated in memory of Mrs. Ethel Romansky.

Processed by

Julie Grob, 1995

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Detailed Description

 

Manuscripts

Antic Hay. Typescript. Inscribed and signed [1923]. 1962.
344 pp.
box folder
1 1 Chapter One, title page and pp. 1-16.
2 Chapter Two, pp. 17-34.
3 Chapter Three, pp. 35-52.
4 Chapter Four, pp. 53-69.
5 Chapter Five, pp. 70-90.
6 Chapter Six, pp. 91-107.
7 Chapter Seven, pp. 108-115.
8 Chapter Eight, pp. 116-122.
9 Chapter Nine, pp. 123-148 (two p. 134s).
10 Chapter Ten, pp. [149]-166.
11 Chapter Eleven, dividing page and pp. 167-182.
12 Chapter Twelve, pp. 183-196.
13 Chapter Thirteen, pp. 198-207 (no page 197).
14 Chapter Fourteen, pp. 208-222.
15 Chapter Fifteen, pp. 223-227.
16 Chapter Sixteen, pp. [228-248].
17 Chapter Seventeen, pp. [249-259].
18 Chapter Eighteen, pp. [260-283].
19 Chapter Nineteen, pp. [284-292].
20 Chapter Twenty, pp. [293-302].
21 Chapter Twenty-One, pp. [303-335].
22 Chapter Twenty-Two, pp. [336-343].
23 America and the Future. Typescript, corrected. [ca. 1927-28].
19 pp.
24 Arabia Infelix and Other Poems. Typescript, corrected. Nine poems from the book. [ca. 1929].
15 pp.
25 Fifth Philosopher's Song, From Leda. Typescript, inscribed. undated
1 p.

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Correspondence

box folder
2 1 To Robert Nichols. [ca. 1916 July 12].
3 pp.
2 To Robert Nichols. 1918 Mar. 16.
1 p.
3 To Robert Nichols. 1923 May 13.
1 p.
4 To Robert Nichols. 1923 July 2.
2 pp.
5 To Robert Nichols. 1924 Oct. 5.
2 pp.
6 To Robert Nichols. 1925 Apr. 10.
2 pp.
7 To Robert Nichols. 1925 June 14.
1 p.
8 To Robert Nichols. 1926 Feb. 3.
1 p.
9 To Robert Nichols. 1926 Nov. 14.
2 pp.
10 To Robert Nichols. 1927 Jan. 18.
1 p.
11 To Mr. Rimington. 1928 Mar. 17.
1 p.
12 To Robert Nichols. 1928 May 23.
3 pp.
13 To Robert Nichols. 1928 Oct. 10.
2 pp.
14 To Mr. Rimington. 1928 Oct. 20.
1 p.
15 To Robert Nichols. 1 p. With photograph. 1929 Aug. 2.
16 To Robert Nichols. 1929 Dec. 14.
2 pp.
17 To Robert Nichols. 1930 Feb. 17.
1 p.
18 To Robert Nichols. [1930 May 4].
2 pp.
19 To Robert Nichols. With drawing. [1930 Oct. 18].
2 pp.
20 To [G. Wilson] Knight. 1931 Sept. 15.
4 pp.
21 To Robert Nichols. 3 pp. With envelope. 1935 Jan. 13.
22 To Robert Nichols. 1935 Sept. 20.
1 p.
23 To Anne Wachtel. TLS. 1 p. With envelope. 1945 Jan. 30.
24 To Anne Wachtel. 1945 Mar. 2.
1 p.
25 To Robert Nichols. undated
1 p.
26 To Robert Nichols. undated
1 p.
27 To Mrs. Pope. [1963 March 4].
28 Miscellaneous clippings. (3)

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