This volume of criticism presents a variety of new essays on Aldous Huxley's Brave New World, a classic in the science fiction and dystopian genres. These essays delve into the cultural, historical, comparative and critical contexts for understanding Brave New World. For readers who are studying it for the first time, several essays survey the ...
This volume of criticism presents a variety of new essays on Aldous Huxley's Brave New World, a classic in the science fiction and dystopian genres. These essays delve into the cultural, historical, comparative and critical contexts for understanding Brave New World. For readers who are studying it for the first time, several essays survey the critical conversation regarding this work from all standard critical perspectives - social, gender, post-modern, psychological, and cultural as well as the more traditional historical and close readings. Aldous Huxley's Brave New World is (along with Evgeny Zamyatin's We and George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four) one of the founding texts of the genre of dystopian fiction. Such narratives, involving the exploration of possible dark, oppressive futures, have become one of the most popular genres of contemporary popular culture. Those narratives have recently become extremely common, even in Young Adult fiction. However, the founding texts of the genre remain compelling and continue to set its terms. Of these founding texts, Brave New World is widely acknowledged to be the one whose dystopian future most closely matches the Western world as it has actually evolved since the initial publication of the text more than eighty years ago. The essays in this volume examine the ways in which Brave New World continues to serve as an effective satirical commentary on our own reality, as well as the ways it continues to provide models for the numerous dystopian fictions that are being produced today.
GOOD. First printing in Good condition. Dark brown cloth hardcover; gold lettering and design on spine; gold design on front cover; 311pp; 1932 copyright, 1932 on title page; "first edition" stated on copyright page. No dust jacket. Cloth cover worn through moderately to slightly on outer corners; slight wear on edges at top and bottom of spine; gold on spine has faded to brown; covers faded to medium/ligh brown due to sunlight striking around the cover of a smaller book. Name of prior owner in neat old ink on front free endpaper. Tight binding. Covers bow out very slightly; book slanted slightly to right. **We provide professional service and individual attention to your order, daily shipments, and sturdy packaging. FREE TRACKING WITHIN USA. OVERSEAS ORDERS-FREE UPGRADE TO PRIORITY ENVELOPE.
Good. No Jacket. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" True first edition, first printing. Original blue cloth stampd in gilt (chips to spine; some rubbing to dges and corners; staining to covers; ink inscription of prior owner; some foxing, spotting, and occasional light pencil marks to text). The classic dystopian novel in its first issue. Eschelbach & Shober #10. , 306,  pages.
Decorative Title Page (brown/black) Good. No Jacket. 8vo-over 73/4"-93/4" tall In brown cloth, 8vo, 311pp. First American trade edition ("After the printing of two hundred and fifty de luxe copies"; title page verso). (Spine sunned with printed title dulled; corner lightly bumped)
Clamshell Case As New. No Jacket. First Edition Clamshell Case. Custom Clamshell Case. No Binding. First Edition Clamshell Case. Huxley, Aldous. BRAVE NEW WORLD. Collector's Clamshell Case. London: Chatto & Windus, 1932. [Book Date]. Superb Custom Fitted Modern Collector's Clamshell Bookcase [Not A Book] HAND-CRAFTED by our conservation team, each box is Gilt-stamped at the spine. The case is finished in rich black Nuba® with a 'sculpted design [after the book's stunning illustrated wrapper] on the side. Velour finished interior. Every TBCL case can be finished in a selection of fine leathers & cloths or Nuba® or a combination of both. Nuba® is a fine, supple & durable covering with a neutral ph that has the feel of velvety soft Italian Nubuck leather. This clamshell is perfectly sized to accommodate your first edition. A Handsome Collector's Custom Case for Huxley's dystopian masterpiece. Custom Craft available upon request. Book definitely NOT included. Generally over 100 in-stock titles. Photographs Upon Request.
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Fair. 1st Printing. Aldous Huxley's "Brave New World". True first edition, first printing. Published by Chatto & Windus, London, 1932. The book measures 5" x 7.75", 306 pages. A brand new facsimile (reproduction) dust jacket is included for protection and display. The book is in fair condition. Wear and soiling to the covers, with rubbed edges and sticker discoloration on the front board. Sunning and rubbing to the spine. The front board is slightly cocked. Previous owner's signature and previous bookstore's stamp on the front endpaper. Paper remnants on the rear endsheets. Faint marker line on the bottom fore-edge of the textblock. The front board and binding are starting. The textblock is largely clean. Aldous Huxley's "Brave New World" is a parody on the Utopian novels of the day, marking one of the first Dystopian views of the the future, with frightening technology, changes to society and the prospect of losing individuality. In 1999, the Modern Library ranked Brave New World fifth on its list of the 100 Best English-Language novels of the 20th Century. Please view the many other rare titles available for sale at our store. We are always interested in purchasing individual or collections of fine books. Inventory #(F4-17)
Good. 1932. First Edition, First Printing (after a deluxe edition of 250 copies), with statement of "First Edition" on copyright page. Lacking dust jacket. Good Condition. Former owner name on front free end paper. Binding lightly worn. Spine panel is sunned, with chipping to head and tail, and thinning to cloth. Cloth shows edge wear and rubbing, light fraying to corners, with scuffing to rear board. Good overall condition with some signs of age and wear, a bit fragile.
Brave New World is a timeless classic - as true today as the day it was written. Should be on everyone's short list of must read books.
Mar 1, 2012
A classic. Futurist. Predates Orwell's 1984 by almost two decades. Social engineering is not Stalinian " Big Brother" nor workplace obsolescence but sensual conditioning: movies become the "feelies"; recordings during sleep make on love one's class (white, green etc); "soma" pills regulate reproducitve and cicardian rhythms; reproduction is removed from the body.
The conditioned human has become increasingly recognized over the 20th and 21st centuries.
Oct 28, 2011
Brave New World Review
?Brave New World is ahead of its time. An eerie light is shone on today?s society through this book.?
Aldous Huxley takes you into the future with this amusing and innovative science fiction novel. Due to a disease that cased temporary blindness, Huxley was able to write this novel since he couldn?t fight in the war. Brave New World focuses on technology as well as the dark side of genetics.
Set in the year 2540, The World State can be viewed as a perfect society with happy citizens. All humans are created in the Department of Hatchery and Conditioning. They are taught in their sleep and are each assigned a social caste with predetermined roles. They have a flawless drug, it seems, that allows them to escape any of their personal problems. When a scientist, Bernard Marx, ventures to a savage reservation, his eyes are opened to the alternative universe. Soon the entire World State learns about savage life, the way we live today.
Brave New World was a fun and exciting read. It allows your mind to explore the possibilities of the future. Even though it was written in 1932, it is very accurate in describing life today, and probably isn?t too far off about the future years to come. Brave New World highlights the problems of genetic engineering and utopian society, and therefore, is an important must-read.
Mar 11, 2010
overated as a read
Really didn't much enjoy the writers style and quite honestly didn't find the book that interesting. Primarily read it because of the many references to it in other texts. Didn't expect a lot and didn't get a lot.
Jan 19, 2009
The Blatant Truths
The future possibilities are so true it's disturbing. It takes the what-ifs of the unknown, of the future, and turns it into a world where everything glorified in the present is taken to the extreme.
Who's to decide what is superior? Why does technology, science, materialism, sexuality, standardization, and drugs constitute the 'high life?' Why is culture, tradition, creativity/art, individuality, family and manual work considered inferior?
Questions like these are sure to plague you as you read. Huxley has a way with words that is often haunting and effective, but also overly sophisticated (have the dictionary at hand!). For its time, the book's genius.
It's one that'll be sure to make you more conscious of your present. Aside from all the technology that's constantly calling your name, don't forget the other side to life...the side that makes you unique.
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