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Crowley lampooned by Huxley in his novel Antic Hay?

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Sullivan mentioned Crowley and his Abbey of Thelema to Huxley, and this may have played a part in his conception of the character of Coleman in Antic Hay,.

Chapter 1 Aldous Huxley (1894–1963) in: Aldous Huxley and Alternative Spirituality (brill.com)

 

    

Huxley: Antic Hay | The Modern Novel ;   Coleman is the larger than life dilettante, always trying to shock everyone but, somehow, his attempts at shocking people seem outdated

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Thanks....I remember stumbling across Antic Hay all the time in used book shops, but never read the book...now there is a slight curiosity.

I suppose that from the description, it might well be that AC came across as perhaps dated, and perhaps that was a means by which he could remain invisible in a sense, but a characture of a character, suitable for a foil, or stand in, in a novels.

Wiki if I may quote is an interesting description, AC's Diary of a Drug Fiend was published in 1922

Antic Hayis a comic novelby Aldous Huxley, published in 1923. The story takes place in London, and depicts the aimless or self-absorbed cultural elite in the sad and turbulent times following the end of World War I.

The book follows the lives of a diverse cast of characters in bohemian, artistic and intellectualcircles, and has been called[by whom?]a "novel of ideas" rather than people.

It expresses a mood of mournful disenchantment and reinforced Huxley's reputation as an iconoclast. The book was condemned for its cynicism and for its immorality because of its open debate on sex. The novel was banned for a while in Australia and burned in Cairo.[citation needed]

Superficially the story follows one Theodore Gumbril in his invention of Gumbril's Patent Small-Clothes, trousers which contain a pneumaticcushion in the seat.

Gumbril's quest for love occasionally makes him resort to utilizing "The Complete Man" which is a disguise he concocts around a false full beard. With it he is able to overcome his shyness and approach women in public places with a bold directness. However he is then left with the problem of how he reveals his real selfto the women he befriends.

The novel was written just after Huxley and his wife moved to Italy, where they lived from 1923 to 1927.[citation needed]

The title is from the play Edward IIby Christopher Marlowe, c1593, Act One, Scene One, lines 59-60: "My men, like satyrs grazing on the lawns, shall with their goat feet dance the antic hay", which is quoted on the frontispiece. "Antic hay", here, refers to a playful dance.

The manuscripts for the novel are part of the collection of the University of Houston Library.

The novel was mentioned briefly in Evelyn Waugh's classic novel Brideshead Revisited(1945):

'Picture me, my dear, alone and studious. I had just bought a rather forbidding book called Antic Hay, which I knew I must read before going to Garsingtonon Sunday, because everyone was bound to talk about it, and it's so banal saying you have not read the book of the moment, if you haven't.'

 


   
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Posted by: @hadgigegenraum

Thanks....I remember stumbling across Antic Hay all the time in used book shops, but never read the book...now there is a slight curiosity.

I suppose that from the description, it might well be that AC came across as perhaps dated, and perhaps that was a means by which he could remain invisible in a sense, but a characture of a character, suitable for a foil, or stand in, in a novels.

 

 

 

Thanks , Brideshead was a very popular UK TV series (ask anyone of a certain age) also.

I must add that I haven't read it for some years but I believe that the term 'Thelema' is directly referenced in Huxley's novel.  'Thelema' as in the pre-Crowleyan context.  The plan is to read it again in the near future and bring back more info. 

 

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