ALDOUS HUXLEY THE DEVILS OF LOUDUN PDF

A history of a situation similar to that in Salem which has fascinated so many; only in this case, the antics of the bewitched were turned to the persecution of one man, a man of questionable moral Oliver Sacks mentions this work in his new book Hallucinations for its depictions of groups experiencing mass delusions. I do not know if Arthur Miller read this when working on his play The Crucible, but I have my suspicions. The Devils of Loudun.

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A history of a situation similar to that in Salem which has fascinated so many; only in this case, the antics of the bewitched were turned to the persecution of one man, a man of questionable moral Oliver Sacks mentions this work in his new book Hallucinations for its depictions of groups experiencing mass delusions. I do not know if Arthur Miller read this when working on his play The Crucible, but I have my suspicions. The Devils of Loudun.

Aldous Huxley. In Urbain Grandier, a handsome and successful seducer of women and priest of the parish of Loudun, was tried, tortured and burnt at the stake. He had been found guilty of being in league with the devil and seducing an entire convent of nuns in what was the most sensational case of mass possession and sexual hysteria in history. Grandier maintained his innocence to the end and four years after his death the nuns were still being subjected to exorcisms to free them from their demonic bondage.

Huxley's vivid account of this bizarre tale of religious and sexual obsession transforms our understanding of the medieval world. He began writing poetry and short stories in his early 20s, but it was his first novel, Crome Yellow , which established his literary reputation. This was swiftly followed by Antic Hay , Those Barren Leaves and Point Counter Point - bright, brilliant satires in which Huxley wittily but ruthlessly passed judgement on the shortcomings of contemporary society.

For most of the s Huxley lived in Italy and an account of his experiences there can be found in Along the Road The great novels of ideas, including his most famous work Brave New World published in , this warned against the dehumanising aspects of scientific and material 'progress' and the pacifist novel Eyeless in Gaza were accompanied by a series of wise and brilliant essays, collected in volume form under titles such as Music at Night and Ends and Means In , at the height of his fame, Huxley left Europe to live in California, working for a time as a screenwriter in Hollywood.

As the West braced itself for war, Huxley came increasingly to believe that the key to solving the world's problems lay in changing the individual through mystical enlightenment. The exploration of the inner life through mysticism and hallucinogenic drugs was to dominate his work for the rest of his life. His beliefs found expression in both fiction Time Must Have a Stop, , and Island , and non-fiction The Perennial Philosophy , ; Grey Eminence , ; and the account of his first mescaline experience, The Doors of Perception , Huxley died in California on 22 November The Devils of Loudun Vintage classics Vintage international.

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FP now includes eBooks in its collection. Book Details. The Devils of Loudun is a non-fiction novel by Aldous Huxley. It is a historical narrative of supposed demonic possession, religious fanaticism, sexual repression, and mass hysteria that occurred in seventeenth-century France surrounding unexplained events that took place in the small town of Loudun. It centers on Roman Catholic priest Urbain Grandier and an entire convent of Ursuline nuns, who allegedly became possessed by demons after Grandier made a pact with Satan. The events led to several public exorcisms as well as executions by burning.

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