He published over 50 books, novels, travel books, histories, poems, plays, screenplays, and essays on philosophy, arts, sociology, religion, and morals. His grandfather. From to he attended Balliol College, Oxford, where he excelled academically and edited literary journals. Huxley was considered a prodigy, being exceptionally intelligent and creative. This is where the reader is set off on a journey to the midst and minds of intellectuals and members of the London cultural elite in turbulent times in the after math of World War I. The story is filled with diverse characters, one more bohemian, absurd or artsy than the other, but they only represent ideas, so the personages behind the ideas come secondary.
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Antic Hay is a comic novel by Aldous Huxley , published in The story takes place in London , and depicts the aimless or self-absorbed cultural elite in the sad and turbulent times following the end of World War I. The book follows the lives of a diverse cast of characters in bohemian , artistic and intellectual circles.
It clearly demonstrates Huxley's ability to dramatise intellectual debates in fiction and has been called a " novel of ideas " rather than people. It expresses a mood of mournful disenchantment and reinforced Huxley's reputation as an iconoclast. The book was condemned for its cynicism and for its immorality because of its open debate on sex. The novel was banned for a while in Australia and burned in Cairo.
Superficially the story follows one Theodore Gumbril in his invention of Gumbril's Patent Small-Clothes, trousers which contain a pneumatic cushion in the seat. Gumbril's quest for love occasionally makes him resort to utilizing "The Complete Man" which is a disguise he concocts around a false full beard. With it he is able to overcome his shyness and approach women in public places with a bold directness.
However he is then left with the problem of how he reveals his real self to the women he befriends. It was written just after Huxley and his wife moved to Italy, where they lived from to The title is from the play Edward II by Christopher Marlowe , c, Act One, Scene One, lines "My men, like satyrs grazing on the lawns, shall with their goat feet dance the antic hay", which is quoted on the frontispiece.
The novel was mentioned briefly in Evelyn Waugh 's classic novel Brideshead Revisited :. I had just bought a rather forbidding book called Antic Hay , which I knew I must read before going to Garsington on Sunday, because everyone was bound to talk about it, and it's so banal saying you have not read the book of the moment, if you haven't.
The story starts in London right after World War I. The characters have to deal with the lack of values and stability brought by the terrible conflict. Everybody is lost but at the same time looking for happiness while everything is going out of control in a ridiculous and comic way. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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Antic Hay is a comic novel by Aldous Huxley , published in The story takes place in London , and depicts the aimless or self-absorbed cultural elite in the sad and turbulent times following the end of World War I. The book follows the lives of a diverse cast of characters in bohemian , artistic and intellectual circles. It clearly demonstrates Huxley's ability to dramatise intellectual debates in fiction and has been called a " novel of ideas " rather than people. It expresses a mood of mournful disenchantment and reinforced Huxley's reputation as an iconoclast.