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by Sybille Bedford


Sybille Bedford, OBE (16 March 1911 – 17 February 2006) was a German-born English writer of non-fiction and l fiction books. She was a recipient of the Golden PEN Award.

Sybille Bedford, OBE (16 March 1911 – 17 February 2006) was a German-born English writer of non-fiction and l fiction books. She was born as Sybille Aleid Elsa von Schoenebeck in Charlottenburg, west of Berlin, to Maximilian Josef von Schoenebeck (1853–1925), a German aristocrat, retired lieutenant colonel and art collector, and his German Jewish wife, Elisabeth Bernhardt (1888–1937)

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Aldous Huxley: A Biography Paperback – July 22, 2002. This is my latest read of Sybille Bedford's works and, I might add, I'm a huge fan of hers. by. Sybille Bedford (Author). In some ways this is a masterful effort on Sybille's part, the cradle to grave biographical tome, yet it will take a very dedicated reader to plow through this one without putting it aside. As the Sybille Bedford reader will attest, if you are not at least somewhat fluent beyond English (. French, a bit of Spanish, Italian) she can be a somewhat distracting as she intersperses her paragraphs in foreign tongues

Aldous Huxley; a biography. Bedford, Sybille, 1911-.

Aldous Huxley; a biography. Huxley, Aldous, 1894-1963, Authors, English - 20th century - Biography. London, Chatto and Windus; Collins.

Aldous Huxley: A Biography. Bedford drew on firsthand experience while writing this 1974 biography of Huxley, with whom she was friends for 40 years.

Aldous Huxley Biography. Author, Screenwriter (1894–1963) He also began to write poetry, and in 1916 he published his first book, a collection of poems titled The Burning Wheel, the same. Author, Screenwriter (1894–1963). Aldous Huxley was born into a prominent intellectual family in Godalming, England, in 1894. After a serious illness left him partially blind as a youth, Huxley abandoned his dreams of becoming a scientist to pursue a literary career. In 1916 he graduated with honors from Balliol College at Oxford University and published a collection of poems. He also began to write poetry, and in 1916 he published his first book, a collection of poems titled The Burning Wheel, the same year in which he graduated with honors.

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Aldous Huxley Biography - Aldous Huxley was an English literary author who is renowned for his novel . Apart from writing novels, he also wrote a few travel books, poems, plays and several essays on religion, art and sociology.

Aldous Huxley Biography - Aldous Huxley was an English literary author who is renowned for his novel, Brave New World, which was published in 1931. He was born in Godalming on 26th July, 1894 in an upper scale family. Huxley was educated at Eton College in Berkshire from 1908-1913.

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Aldous Huxley short biography Aldous Leonard Huxley was born i. Aldous Leonard Huxley was born in Godalming on 26th July, 1894 in an upper scale family.

Aldous Huxley short biography Aldous Leonard Huxley was born i. When he was just fourteen years old, his mother died. During his teenage years, he also suffered from an attack of Keratitis Punctata and thus became blind for about eighteen months, but then by wearing some special kind of glasses, he was able to recover his eye-sight a little and at least read, but consequently also learned Braille.

Grandson of the scientific philosopher Thomas Henry Huxley, great-nephew of Matthew Arnold, Aldous Huxley was born at the very heart of England's humanist elite in its golden days - a complicated, brilliant, charming boy who, despite almost total loss of sight at 16, became a cultural hero of the decades after World War I. From the iconoclastic wit of novels such as "Crome Yellow" and "Point Counter Point" in the 1920s, his literary career changed direction with "Brave New World" in 1932. This is his biography.
Gavigamand
The book is a 755 pages one... A lot a details about where they went, which hotels they stayed, or which friends they visited during their numerous travellings. I guess Mrs Bedford did a tremendous research about the Huxley's travelling, which house they lived in with street numbers and all, which country they visited and who they had dinner with... it did not get my interest ( I kept reading with some anticipation I will get into some inner thinking of Aldous as well as of his wife.) it is unnecessary and superficial. If one wants to have a glimpse of what Aldous's thoughts were through his life,one will have to read his books since there is quite a few of those in this biography. This biography does not give a feeling of having been written by a close friend. I am now reading the Murray's version of Huxley biography: I recommend this book way over Mrs. Bedford's one. Much more articulateand coherent
Kigul
This is my latest read of Sybille Bedford's works and, I might add, I'm a huge fan of hers. In some ways this is a masterful effort on Sybille's part, the cradle to grave biographical tome, yet it will take a very dedicated reader to plow through this one without putting it aside. As the Sybille Bedford reader will attest, if you are not at least somewhat fluent beyond English (i.e. French, a bit of Spanish, Italian) she can be a somewhat distracting as she intersperses her paragraphs in foreign tongues. Of course, Sybille knew the Huxleys well for many years and can certainly paint the portrait. However, as she mentions, quite a bit of Aldous's own letters have been lost and she relies extensively on Maria's (his wife) lengthy letters to family and friends; to say she was a prolific letter writer is an understatement. Anyhow, I do believe this was a gallant effort to capture the life and times of Aldous Huxley and most probably Sybille Bedford was the best author to do so. At 700+ pages, just make the commitment!
Error parents
Exemplary
Hidden Winter
I know this biography is widely considered a classic of sorts, so I’m probably in a minority for preferring the Murray one; but I think the latter is more honest. Bedford was a protégée of Huxley's, and her personal relationship with him gives her an ability to flesh out the circle of his friends and acquaintances from life rather than letters. She includes long excerpts from her own conversations with many of them, which definitely enrich her narrative. But she also seems to want to skirt around the more difficult aspects of his character.

For example, she only gives brief discussion to the acerbic, sometimes vicious social satires of his early career, which many readers have found off-putting. Given the book's length, it's surprising how little space she dedicates to parsing his literary works in general. She also glosses over the relationship difficulties Aldous and his wife Maria seem to have experienced at several points (she portrays them as having a nearly perfect marriage, which Murray indicates was far from the truth), as well as Maria’s bisexuality and extramarital affairs, and the extent of Huxley's involvement with the Bloomsbury Group. She also underemphasizes her own close involvement with the Huxleys, who supported her through her mother’s morphine addiction and death, as well as procuring her means of escape from Nazi Germany. Her relationship with both Aldous and Maria may have been sexual (or so May Sarton, who was a friend of hers, alleged); it certainly seems plausible from the glowing terms with which she describes both his character and his appearance.

There were therefore many points at which I suspected her loyalty and discretion were trumping her objectivity as a biographer. Her conclusion that Huxley was a modern saint rings untrue to me (and would have to him as well, I think--he was profoundly aware of his own limitations). Island--his last novel, an unappealing attempt at a Utopian vision--shows how sterile his spirituality was to the end, however brilliant his intellect.

The more recent Murray biography fills in many of these holes, partly with the benefit of much additional correspondence that Bedford didn't have access to, and its does so engagingly—with much clearer, blunter prose than Bedford employs—and in about half the pages. So if you’re really interested in Huxley, by all means get both—but if you have to pick one, I wouldn’t make it Bedford.
Netlandinhabitant
A perfect biography of one of the most celebrated and most interesting figures of the 20th century. The panoramic range of Huxley's genius is magnificently brought to life in this book. Everything is here- his historic antecedents, his famous family, his 30 yr. marriage to the beautiful Maria, the creation of his books, and not a little as well about his "psychedelic" period and his book "The Doors of Perception." Of course, Huxley is a marvelously inviting subject, intelligence and temperament combined in a man possessed of extraordinary natural gifts. The keen intellect of novelist Bedford is the key element; a rich understanding of Huxley's singular dialectic and his notably uncanny inner aesthetics makes splendid reading. The whole book is warm and true; the affection of the writer toward her subject is clear, but never interfering, never common or cloying. Bedford generously lets the reader walk and talk, travel and sup with Huxley, and her narrative skills are perfectly honed for such a daring operation; after all, it's one thing to merely write a biography of note, and another to unsheathe someone down to pure gold. The latter would seem to be Bedford's forte in these pages; it is a miracle of literary biography and an extraordinary experience. Highest recommendation without reservation.
watchman
I read this superb biography years ago, as part of a Summer's "free reading" (a luxury for an academic), for I had no particular interest in Huxley, having read only his "Chrome Yellow" and "Point Counter Point" at that time. Bedford, I discovered, is a glorious writer (she has written probably the best book in English on Mexico) and possesses rare insight into the minds of other artists. These gifts make her biography of Huxley a masterpiece. As you follow her narrative, you will be impelled, I predict, to read the Huxley novels you have thus far ignored.
Aldous Huxley : A Biography ebook
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Sybille Bedford
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