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Huxley wrote Brave New World in four months in 1931 It appeared three years after the publication of his best seller the novel Point Counter Point During those three years he had produced six books of stories essays poems and plays but nothing major His biographer Sybille Bedford says It was time to produce some full-length fiction--he still felt like holding back from another straight novel--juggling in fiction form with the scientific possibilities of the future might be a new line Aldous Huxley On having a look at the time line one can see that Huxley wrote Brave New World in 1931 before Adolph Hitler came to power in Germany and before Joseph Stalin started the purges that killed millions of people in the Soviet Union He therefore had no immediate real-life reason to make tyranny and terror major elements of his story Because Brave New World describes a dystopia it is often compared with George Orwells 1984 which also describes a possible horrible world of the future The world of 1984 is one of tyranny terror and perpetual warfare Orwell wrote it in 1948 shortly after the Allies had defeated Nazi Germany in World War II and just as the West was discovering the full dimensions of the evils of Soviet totalitarianism In 1958 Huxley himself said The future dictatorship of my imaginary world was a good deal less brutal than the future dictatorship so brilliantly portrayed by OrwellBrave New World Brave New World itself seems to be a communist world as there is equality among all and its the ruling class that decides what each person does He also worried about the dangers that threatened sanity In 1958 he published Brave New World Revisited a set of essays on real-life problems and ideas we will find in the novel like overpopulation over organization and psychological techniques from salesmanship to hypnopaedia or sleep- teaching Theyre all tools that a government can abuse
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