Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Sunday, March 08, 2009
U.C.L.A. Gets Huxley Archive By Dave Itzkoff, New York Times, March 6, 2009.
Pic left - An advertisement for Aldous Huxley’s “Eyeless in Gaza” from The New York Times Book Review in 1936.
In an honor that’s nearly as estimable as achieving Alpha-Plus status, the literary archive of Aldous Huxley, the writer and “Brave New World” novelist, has been acquired by the U.C.L.A. Library, the library announced.
Among the materials in the collection are manuscripts and working papers for 12 of his books, as well as 35 essays, articles and speeches; recordings of Huxley reading from his lectures and his 1944 novel, “Time Must Have a Stop”; and love letters he exchanged with his wife Laura, who died in 2007.
The archive also includes personal items like a magnifying glass and wallet used by Huxley, as well as his British passport. Though Huxley was born and raised in Britain, he lived in California from 1937 until his death in 1963.
The U.C.L.A. Library’s special collections department is already home to the manuscripts for his novels “Time Must Have a Stop” and “The Devils of Loudon.”