Antic Hay

Author: Aldous Huxley

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Antic Hayis a comic novel published in 1923, which pokes fun at conventional morals and uptight people. The story is set in London and depicts the cultural elite and their feelings of disaffection and uncertainty after the turbulent times following World War I.

The characters are a group of acquaintances belonging to artistic and intellectual circles, more specifically it follows Theodore Gumbril and his search for love. He disguises himself as "The Complete Man" to overcome his shyness and approach women, however, he faces the problem of how to reveal his true self to his friends.

Among the themes it includes are disillusionment, the experience of feeling adrift, self-doubt, etc. This book was condemned and banned in some countries for immorality because of its open discussion of sex.


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It was 1917, in the midst of the World War, and members of the Bloomsbury group, including Bertrand Russell and the Bells, spent much of their time there.

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It should be noted that Aldous Huxley began his writing career as a poet, being Ledaof 1920, his fourth collection of poetry. This collection begins with a passionate poem of the same name, which recalls the love affair between Queen Leda and her swan, who was Zeus in disguise.

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Although he forged his literary career as a novelist, essayist and published philosophical studies, Huxley never ceased to be a poet. And as his poetic creation is often ignored, we invite you to get to know it by reading this compilation that will surely be to your liking.


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Limbo of 1920, Huxley's first collection of short fiction, consists of six short stories and a play. It includes: "Farcical History of Richard Greenow", about a man with dissociative identity disorder; one of his personalities is female and he has complete blackouts when she takes control.

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Those Barren Leaves

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Those Barren Leaves is a novel in which the characters belong to the upper class. It tells the story of Mrs. Aldwinkle and her entourage, gathered in an Italian palace.

It is a work very typical of the author's peculiar way of doing things. It is enough for him to gather some characters in a certain place and make them speak, to achieve a work brimming with intelligence and intention.

His pen reveals the reality of beings who try to hide their faces under the mask of social hypocrisy. The deliberately refined framework in which the protagonists move and their high social and intellectual category accentuate the contrast.