Since its publication in 1920, Aldous Huxley’s „Limbo” has delighted readers with the ironic observations that would become a trademark of Huxley’s later work. Huxley’s first collection of short stories, contains seven visionary and satirical tales, which introduces themes that will go on to form the basis of his entire works. It includes: „Farcical History of Richard Greenow”, „Happily Ever After”, „Eupompus Gave Splendour to Art by Numbers”, „Happy Families” (play), „Cynthia”, „The Bookshop” and „The Death of Lully”. The events and the protagonists of these stories, with their personalities falling between the explicit and the elusive, are also rich in parallels and points in common with the life of their author. In „The Death of Lully” a woman is struck by breast cancer, the disease that killed the young author’s mother to whom he was very close; and suicide as that of his brother, recurs in „Eupompus Gave Splendour To Art By Numbers”.
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About the Author
Aldous Leonard Huxley (26 July 1894 – 22 November 1963) was an English writer and philosopher, a member of the Huxley family. The author of nearly fifty books, he wrote novels, such as Brave New World (1931), set in a dystopian future; nonfiction works, such as The Doors of Perception (1954), interpreting his psychedelic experience with mescaline; and wide-ranging essays. Huxley graduated from Balliol College, Oxford with an undergraduate degree in English literature. Early in his career, he published short stories and poetry and edited the literary magazine Oxford Poetry. He went on to publish travel writing, film stories, satire, and screenplays. He spent the latter part of his life in the United States, living in Los Angeles from 1937 until his death. Huxley was a humanist and pacifist. He became interested in spiritual subjects such as parapsychology and philosophical mysticism, and in particular universalism. By the end of his life, Huxley was widely acknowledged as one of the pre-eminent intellectuals of his time. He was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature seven times. In 1962, a year before he died, Huxley was elected Companion of Literature by the Royal Society of Literature. (Wikipedia)