Author: Aldous Leonard Huxley
Dates: 26 July 1894 – 22 November 1963
Title of Book: Crome Yellow
“Do you propose,” asked Anne, “that the custom should be revived at Buckingham Palace?”
“I do not,” said Mr. Scogan. “I merely quoted the anecdote as an illustration of the customs, so genially frank, of the sixteenth century. I might have quoted other anecdotes to show that the customs of the seventeenth and eighteenth, of the fifteenth and fourteenth centuries, and indeed of every other century, from the time of Hammurabi onward, were equally genial and equally frank. The only century in which customs were not characterised by the same cheerful openness was the nineteenth, of blessed memory. It was the astonishing exception. And yet, with what one must suppose was a deliberate disregard of history, it looked upon its horribly pregnant silences as normal and natural and right; the frankness of the previous fifteen or twenty thousand years was considered abnormal and perverse. It was a curious phenomenon.”
“I entirely agree.” Mary panted with excitement in her effort to bring out what she had to say. “Havelock Ellis says…”
Mr. Scogan, like a policeman arresting the flow of traffic, held up his hand. “He does; I know. And that brings me to my next point: the nature of the reaction.”
Brief Biography: Huxley was a writer. He is best known for his novels Brave New World and The Doors of Perception. Huxley was also an editor for Oxford Poetry, a magazine for poetry and short stories.