Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), a British
author best known for his novel
Brave New World, immigrated
to the United States in 1937, where he remained until his death. He began working with
Jacob Zeitlin shortly after coming to the US, and corresponded with him over many years.
The collection deals primarily with the writing career of Aldous Huxley, including
writing samples in the form of pamphlets, reviews of his utopian novel
Island (1962), and correspondence between Zeitlin and Huxley
Jacob Zeitlin (1902-1987) moved to Los Angeles from Wisconsin via Texas in 1925, and
began his career as a bookseller shortly thereafter. He owned a number of different
shops through the years but is best remembered in the Pennsylvania Dutch-style building
on La Cienega Boulevard often referred to as "the red barn." He and Josephine
ver Brugge (1915-2005) married in 1939. Josephine, originally from Kansas, graduated
from Park University in Missouri. Jacob died in his West Hollywood home following heart
bypass surgery in 1987. Josephine died of respiratory failure at Santa Monica-UCLA
Medical Center in 2005.