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Huxley (Aldous) Oral History Papers
mssHM 56777-56907  
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Description
This collection contains audio cassette interviews and transcripts of interviews conducted by David K. Dunaway 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
David K. Dunaway is American writer and historian. He received his Phd in American Studies from the University of California, Berkeley in 1981 and has since held positions at the University of New Mexico and San Francisco State University. Dunaway's published works include Huxley in Hollywood (1989) and Aldous Huxley Recollected (1995).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.
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2 Linear Feet (5 boxes)
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 for use by qualified researchers and by appointment. Please contact Reader Services at the Huntington Library for more information.