Huxley In Hollywood

This biography describes the period from 1937 onward when Aldous Huxley and his wife moved to America. He became a scriptwriter in Hollywood and joined a distinguished circle of exiles such as Charlie Chaplin, Thomas Mann, Christopher Isherwood and Bertrand Russell. During this time Huxley published nineteen books. His writing and life underwent many transformations, and many crucial unanswered questions remained about his sojourn. Were the writings of the American years as self-indulgent as critics claimed? How did cinematic conventions influence his art? Did he ever reach that unitary mystical experience he sought throughout the last decades of his life? This full-lenght biography examines the motivations of the man who wrote "Doors of Perception" in his lifelong search for vision and insight.