Typed Letter Signed, with numerous holograph insertions, corrections and editing marks, 4to, Los Angeles, July 1, 1950. ALDOUS HUXLEY.
ALDOUS HUXLEY

(1894-1963) English writer that spent the later part of his life in the United States, living in Los Angeles from 1937 until his death in 1963. Best known for his novels, particularly "Brave New World," (1932) and wide-ranging essays, he also published short stories, poetry, travel writing, and film scripts.

Typed Letter Signed, with numerous holograph insertions, corrections and editing marks, 4to, Los Angeles, July 1, 1950.

“Owing to the fact that a long-standing defect of vision causes me to read slowly, I regret that I must say no to your kind invitation: for I am engaged on a piece of work involving much research and permits no extra-curricular activities…It was kind of you to pass on my request, about the anthology for the Britannica…I am wondering whether, if the Britannica doesn’t want to publish the anthology, the firm would be willing to allow it to come out elsewhere. It seems hardly fair for an author to permit a year’s work and 20,000 words of original writing to lie indefinitely on the shelf….” He signs, "Aldous Huxley."

After World War II, Huxley applied for United States citizenship, but his application was continuously deferred on the grounds that he would not say he would take up arms to defend the U.S., so he withdrew it. Nevertheless, he remained in the country, During the 1950s Huxley's interest in the field of psychical research grew keener, and his later works are strongly influenced by both mysticism and his experiences with psychedelic drugs.

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