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The Olive Tree and other essays

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Title:The Olive Tree and other essays
Huxley, Aldous Leonard   
(17 of 23 for author by title)
Point Counter Point
Music At Night and other essays, including Vulgarity in Literature
Published:   1936
Publisher:Chatto & Windus
Tags:essay, non-fiction

This is one of the best collections of essays that Mr. Huxley has ever made. The title-piece is a completely new departure in technique from anything he has written before: a meditation, darting from topic to topic, on the olive tree, and the associations which it has for the author. His now famous Introduction to the letters of D.H. Lawrence is included; there is an essay entitled ‘Justifications’ which gives comic instances of the rationalisation of irrational impulses, and analyses the mechanism of justification; there is an essay on Thomas Henry Huxley as a literary man—and as anyone who has read the Diary of the Voyage of H.M.S. Rattlesnake can testify, the great scientist's charm and craftsmanship were both considerable—a long essay which considers the influence of books and propaganda; an essay on ‘English Snobbery’, ‘Time and the Machine’ and other diverse subjects, all of which are treated with the wit and the learning to which Mr. Huxley has made us accustomed. [Suggest a different description.]

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Author Bio for Huxley, Aldous Leonard

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Aldous Leonard Huxley (26 July 1894 – 22 November 1963) was an English writer, novelist, philosopher and a prominent member of the Huxley family.

He was best known for his novels including Brave New World, set in a dystopian London, and for non-fiction books, such as The Doors of Perception, which recalls experiences when taking a psychedelic drug, and a wide-ranging output of essays. Early in his career Huxley edited the magazine Oxford Poetry, and published short stories and poetry.

Huxley completed his first (unpublished) novel at the age of 17 and began writing seriously in his early 20s, establishing himself as a successful writer and social satirist. His first published novels were social satires, Crome Yellow (1921), Antic Hay (1923), Those Barren Leaves (1925), and Point Counter Point (1928). Brave New World was Huxley's fifth novel and first dystopian work. In the 1920s he was also a contributor to Vanity Fair and British Vogue magazines.--Wikipedia.

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