Brave New World is Aldous Huxley's most influential novel. It presents a dystopian depiction of the state of the world in the distant future. Many credit the bold scope of his vision with popularizing interest in scientific study. In an age of genetic engineering and virtual reality, Harold Bloom suggests in his introduction that the work is at once threadbare and more relevant than ever. This new edition of critical excerpts also includes an annotated bibliography of Huxley's works and an index for easy reference.
Introduction Biographical Sketch The Story Behind the Story List of Characters Summary and Analysis Critical Views - Rudolf B. Schmerl on Creating Fantasy - Cristie L. March on the Place of Women in Brave New World - Robert L. Mack on Elements of Parody in Brave New World - Cass R. Sunstein on Huxley and George Orwell's Contrasting Views of Love and Sex - Richard A. Posner on the Novel's Distortion of Contemporary Society - Carey Snyder on Huxley's and D.H. Lawrence's Use of the Past - John Coughlin on Brave New World and Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man - David Garrett Izzo on the Novel's Influence and Meaning - Coleman Carroll Myron on Escape Routes in the Novel - Scott Peller on "Fordism" in Brave New World Works by Aldous Huxley Annotated Bibliography Contributors Acknowledgments Index