Since its publication in 1921, Aldous Huxley's Crome Yellow has delighted readers with its ironic wit. Huxley's satiric novel exposes the social hypocrisy of a diverse carnival of pretentious British upper class pseudo-intellectuals trying to forget World War I had ever happened.
Crome Yellow revolves around the hapless love affair of Denis Stone, a poet, and the beautiful but distant Anne Wimbush. Her uncle, Henry, hosts a party at his country estate, Crome Yellow, that brings together a humorous coterie of characters, including The Ice Maiden, The Philosopher, the Amorous Aristocrat, and Mr. Scogan, who thinks nothing of dressing as a fortune-telling witch (in drag), to frighten the locals.
ALDOUS HUXLEY (1894-1963) was a poet, novelist, dramatist, essayist, and humanist philosopher. He attended Eton and Oxford and briefly taught at Eton before devoting himself solely to writing. Crome Yellow's critical success earned him advances for future novels, and his fifth novel, Brave New World, became one of the most prophetic and influential books in history. Later in life, Aldous Huxley became increasingly alarmed that human beings might be controlled and manipulated through the sophisticated application of mass media, mood-altering drugs, and interpersonal technology.