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Antic Hay   1st edition Author(s) Aldous Huxley Country United Kingdom Language English Genre(s) Novel Publisher Chatto & Windus Publication date 1923 Media type Print (hardback & paperback) Pages 328 pp ISBN NA Antic Hay is a comic novel by Aldous Huxley, published in 1923. The story takes place in London, and depicts the aimless or self-absorbed cultural elite in the sad and turbulent times following the end of World War I. The book follows the lives of a diverse cast of characters in bohemian, artistic and intellectual circles. It clearly demonstrates Huxley's ability to dramatise intellectual debates in fiction and has been called a "novel of ideas" rather than people. It expresses a mood of mournful disenchantment and reinforced Huxley's reputation as an iconoclast. The book was condemned for its cynicism and for its immorality because of its open debate on sex. The novel was banned for a while in Australia and burned in Cairo. Superficially the story follows one Theodore Gumbril in his invention of Gumbril's Patent Small-Clothes, trousers which contain a pneumatic cushion in the seat. Gumbril's quest for love occasionally makes him resort to utilizing "The Complete Man" which is a disguise he concocts around a false full beard. With it he is able to overcome his shyness and approach women in public places with a bold directness. However he is then left with the problem of how he reveals his real self to the women he befriends. It was written just after Huxley and his wife moved to Italy where they lived from 1923 to 1927. The title is from the play Edward II by Christopher Marlowe, c1593, Act One, Scene One: "My men, like satyrs grazing on the lawn, shall with their goat feet dance an antic hay", which is quoted on the frontispiece. "Antic hay", here, refers to a playful dance. The manuscripts for the novel are part of the collection of the University of Houston Library. The novel was mentioned briefly in Evelyn Waugh's classic novel Brideshead Revisited (1945): “ 'Picture me, my dear, alone and studious. I had just bought a rather forbidding book called Antic Hay, which I knew I must read before going to Garsington on Sunday, because everyone was bound to talk about it, and it's so banal saying you have not read the book of the moment, if you haven't.' ” References As a Seminar topic at Flinders University, Australia Huxley Bio at Valencia University, Spain v · d · eWorks by Aldous Huxley Novel Crome Yellow (1921) • Antic Hay (1923) • Those Barren Leaves (1925) • Point Counter Point (1928) • Brave New World (1932) • Eyeless in Gaza (1936) • After Many a Summer (1939) • Time Must Have a Stop (1944) • Ape and Essence (1948) • The Genius and the Goddess (1955) • Island (1962) Short story "Happily Ever After" • "Eupompus Gave Splendour to Art by Numbers" • "Cynthia" • "The Bookshop" • "The Death of Lully" • "Sir Hercules" • "The Gioconda Smile" • "The Tillotson Banquet" • "Green Tunnels" • "Nuns at Luncheon" • "Little Mexican" • "Hubert and Minnie" • "Fard" • "The Portrait" • "Young Archimedes" • "Half Holiday" • "The Monocle" • "Fairy Godmother" • "Chawdron" • "The Rest Cure" • "The Claxtons" • "After the Fireworks" • "Jacob's Hands: A Fable" (published 1997) co-written with Christopher Isherwood Short story collection Limbo (1920) • Mortal Coils (1922) • Little Mexican (US title: Young Archimedes) (1924) • Two or Three Graces (1926) • Brief Candles (1930) • Collected Short Stories (1957) Poetry The Burning Wheel (1916) • Jonah (1917) • The Defeat of Youth (1918) • Leda (1920) • Arabia Infelix (1929) • The Cicadias and Other Poems (1931) • Collected Poetry (1971) Travel writing Along the Road (1925) • Jesting Pilate (1926) • Beyond the Mexique Bay (1934) Essay collection On the Margin (1923) • Essays New and Old (1926) • Proper Studies (1927) • Do What You Will (1929) • Vulgarity in Literature (1930) • Music at Night (1931) • Texts and Pretexts (1932) • The Olive Tree (1936) • Ends and Means (1937) • Words and their Meanings (1940) • Science, Liberty and Peace (1946) • Themes and Variations (1950) • The Doors of Perception (1954) • Adonis and the Alphabet (US title: Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow) (1956) • Heaven and Hell (1956) • Collected Essays (1958) • Brave New World Revisited (1958) • Literature and Science (1963) • The Human Situation: 1959 Lectures at Santa Barbara (1977) • Moksha: Writings on Psychedelics and the Visionary Experience (1999) Screenplay Pride and Prejudice (1940) • Madame Curie (uncredited, 1943) • Jane Eyre (1944) • A Woman's Vengeance (1947) • Prelude to Fame (1950) • Alice in Wonderland (uncredited, 1951) Non-fiction The Perennial Philosophy (1945)   Grey Eminence (1941)  • The Devils of Loudun (1952) Play The Discovery (based on Frances Sheridan) (1924)  • The World of Light (1931)  • The Gioconda Smile (play version, also known as Mortal Coils) (1948)  • The Genius and the Goddess (play version, with Betty Wendel) (1957)  • The Ambassador of Captripedia (1965)  • Now More Than Ever (1997) Children's book The Crows of Pearblossom (1944, published 1967)  • The Travails and Tribulations of Geoffrey Peacock (1967) Other book The Art of Seeing (1942)  •• Selected Letters (2007) This article about a 1920s novel is a stub. 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