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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 Why Did Aldous Huxley Write "A Brave New World"? "O wonder! How many godly creatures are there here! How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world, That has such people in't." -Shakespear; The Tempest Aldous Huxleys title from "A Brave New World" derived from a quote spokenin one of William Shakespears plays, The Tempest. There are many theoriesOn why Huxley decided to write this... peculiar, yet best seller book. He wasliving in England at the time and he had already established himself as a writer, he wrote columns for vanity fair and vogue and he also had publishedfour other novels and some of his poetry. Aldous said he was inspired to write"A Brave New World" because of the Utopian novels of H.G. Wells. His books like "A Modern Utopia" and "Men Like Gods". Huxley's story is more of a sortof parody of Wells, portraying that Huxley doesn't believe that the future would turn out the way that Wells makes it out to be. Its sort of like a "negativeutopia". There is also a suspicion that Huxley based his book off of another authors ideas, from the book We by Yevgeny Zamyatin (even though he claimsto have written the book before ever hearing of Zamyatins novel). Britain hadalso undergone a depression in 1931, which may have influenced him to makestability an ultimate and primal need, in the society in his novel. It is also saidthat Huxley had visited the United States before publishing his book and thata lot of its "character" would have to do with his trip. Its said that Huxley wasoutraged by our culture, especially the sexual promiscuity. He also found HenryFord's novel "My Life and Work" on the boat to America and that played a hugepart in the writing of this Novel. The most common thought reason though is thatEurope was afraid of Americanization and after seeing it first hand Huxley couldn't have agreed more.
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