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Complete Essays 4, 1936-38 (Complete Essays #4)

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In this fourth volume of a projected six, Huxley registers his deep misgivings about the course of history in the late 1930s as the world moved toward a second global war. Many of his essays reflect his continuing interest in the conventions of popular culture as well as the philosophy of science and history, particularly as they inform developments in art and politics. Bu ...more
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published November 5th 2001 by Ivan R. Dee
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Ward Hammond
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Aldous Huxley is one of my favorite authors. He captured my imagination with Brave New World in high school, and took me on a trip through The Doors of Perception in college. These essays, one of my favorite forms, are still relevant today. Many of them come from Ends and Means. In fact, you will find the last three chapters of Ends and Means, 1937, on pg. 338 - 406. Here in these essays, Religious Practices, Beliefs, and Ethics, he does a marvelous job of reconciling science and mysticism. This ...more
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After having read the first three volumes of Huxley's essays, I think there is a degree of diminishing returns. World War II is imminent during the course of the book, and much of Huxley's writing in this volume revolves around ways that human society can organize that would decrease the likelihood of devastating conflicts in the future. However, he is also getting closer to his fascination with a vague and unsatisfactory mysticism. It is, frankly, difficult to concentrate long enough to finish ...more
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Aldous Leonard Huxley was an English writer and one of the most prominent members of the famous Huxley family. He spent the latter part of his life in the United States, living in Los Angeles from 1937 until his death in 1963. Best known for his novels and wide-ranging output of essays, he also published short stories, poetry, travel writing, and film stories and scripts. Through his novels and es ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Complete Essays (6 books)
  • Complete Essays 1, 1920-25
  • Complete Essays 2, 1926-29
  • Complete Essays 3, 1930-35
  • Complete Essays Volume V: 1939-56 (Complete Essays, #5)
  • Complete Essays 6: 1956-63 and Supplement
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