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The Art of Literary Biography$
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John Batchelor

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780198182894

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198182894.001.0001

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Huxley’s Slump: Planning, Eugenics, and the ‘Ultimate Need’ of Stability

Huxley’s Slump: Planning, Eugenics, and the ‘Ultimate Need’ of Stability

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The Art of Literary Biography


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Lawrence was the recipient of at least six letters, a post card, two calendars, a nickel cigarette case, and some poems from ‘the irrepressible Durham miner man’, all designed to lure the ailing novelist to Willington. Aldous Huxley and Lawrence were close friends during the last three years of Lawrence's life, and it seems certain that both Wilson and the widely reported social and industrial problems of the mining regions would have been discussed by the two novelists. When Huxley was invited to Willington shortly after Lawrence's death, he responded favourably, telling Wilson that his description of the conditions in the Durham area was ‘very depressing’. Huxley wrote on how to solve the current political crisis. He repeatedly sanctioned the bypassing of parliamentary opposition to Soviet-style planning as a matter of the utmost gravity and expedience. There is certainly enough evidence to suggest that his interest in eugenics was no less fervid than that of his fellow-writers.

Keywords:   Aldous Huxley, planning, eugenics, stability, Willington, Lawrence

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