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Aldous Huxley Letter

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Finding aid created by: MRC
Date: 26 May 2010

Biographical History

Aldous Huxley (1894-1963) was a British author, editor and intellectual. Best known for his essays and for the dystopian novel Brave New World, he was also editor of Oxford Poetry and his book The Doors of Perception, which advocated the value of psychedelic drugs such as LSD and mescaline, became a cult classic.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Aldous Huxley Letter consists of a single letter by Huxley, dated from Italy and addressed to a "Dear Miss Mosley[?]". The letter is evidently a reply; Huxley regrets he cannot send her a photograph, thanks her for her compliments on his book, and wishes her success with her own. Miss Mosley was presumably rather young, as Huxley writes:

[Y]ou have embarked on authorship early! At your age I didn't know enough to write a book about anything, except perhaps the minor satirists of the Restoration dug up laboriously from the Bodleian: but as to life....I have the impression that one begins earlier now than one did before 1914.

Arrangement of the Collection

Single item.


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Subject Headings


Huxley, Aldous, 1894-1963.


Authors, English -- 20th century -- Correspondence.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Aldous Huxley Letter,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Gift of E. A. Arnold, 1968.

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