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By Raychel Haugrud Reiff

ISBN-10: 0761442782

ISBN-13: 9780761442783

Introduces the existence and writings of authors whose works without end replaced the period of time during which they lived, and whose writing is still a dynamic a part of the literary panorama.

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In Great Britain, unions and suffragists who were dissatisfied with government reforms staged a series of strikes from 1911 to 1914. In Europe, tensions were mounting between nations because of political and economic competition. The breaking point came on June 28, 1914, when Archduke Francis Ferdinand, heir to the Austro-Hungarian Empire, was assassinated by a Bosnian Serb. Germany encouraged the Austrians to crush the Serbs, marking the beginning of World War I (Fraser, 652). Huxley and his young friends, however, paid little attention to politics and world affairs.

In his last weeks of life, Huxley was determined to complete an essay that he had promised to write, “Shakespeare and Religion,” finishing it the day before he died. HUXLEY WAS SURVIVED BY HIS BROTHER JULIAN (LEFT), WHO HAD MADE A NAME FOR HIMSELF AS A SCIENTIST. 34 The Life of Aldous Huxley On Friday, November 22, 1963, Huxley was too sick to be aware that President John F. Kennedy had been assassinated. Just before noon, the author, too weak to speak, wrote Laura a note asking for LSD, which she administered to him, convinced that he was “taking a mind-enlarging drug in extremis, and she saw it as a sign of his awareness and acceptance” of approaching death (Bedford, 741).

With extravagant, unsubstantiated accusations, McCarthy, along with “a broad coalition of politicians, bureaucrats, and other anticommunist activists hounded an entire generation of radicals and their associates, destroying lives, careers, and all the institutions that offered a left-wing alternative to mainstream politics and culture” (Schrecker, xii). Huxley was on the FBI’s list of suspected Communists. In 1951 the House Committee on UnAmerican Activities learned that Huxley was part of an organization called “Friends of Intellectual Freedom,” whose purpose, according to FBI notes, was “to raise 52 Huxley’s Times HUXLEY WAS ON THE LIST OF SUPPOSED COMMUNISTS WHO WERE “REDBAITED” BY SENATOR JOSEPH MCCARTHY AND OTHER PEOPLE WHO BELIEVED THAT THE COMMUNISTS AND THOSE WHO SHARED EVEN SOME OF THEIR BELIEFS WERE OUT TO DESTROY AMERICAN DEMOCRACY.

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