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Aldous Huxley Oral History Papers: Finding Aid
mssHM 56777-56907  
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Description
This collection contains audio cassette interviews and transcripts of interviews with twenty-six people who knew or came into contact with English writer Aldous Huxley (1894-1963) and his family. A majority of the interviewees are people who knew Huxley while he lived in California and, for the most part, cover his life after 1937. Some of the interviews include Lady Juliette Huxley (the widow of Sir Julian Huxley), Christopher Isherwood, Mary Loos, Burgess Meredith, and Lawrence Clark Powell.
Background
English writer Aldous Huxley 1894-1963 was born in Surrey, England, on July 26, 1894, to a family distinguished in science, education and literature. He began writing while at Oxford University. With his first wife, Maria, he departed for California in 1937 and for a time wrote motion picture screenplays. After the death of Maria, Huxley married Laura Archera and together they explored the worlds of Eastern religion and drugs. Huxley died on November 22, 1963. His novels include: Brave New World, The Gioconda Smile, The Doors of Perception, and Brave New World Revisited. He also published poetry and collections of essays. While in California he wrote the scenario for Pride and Prejudice with Jane Murfin (1940) and the treatment for Madame Curie (1943), both for M-G-M. In 1944 he wrote the scenario for 20th Century-Fox's Jane Eyre.
Extent
67 items in 5 boxes (31 interview transcripts and 36 audio tapes)
Restrictions
Transcripts may be copied for research purposes. Tapes may not be copied. Anyone wishing to quote from or publish any of the interviews must obtain written permission from the holder of the Literary Rights:
Availability
Open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, contact Reader Services.