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ISLAND (335 pp.)—Aldous Huxley—Harper ($5).

Admirers of those cleverly nasty satires that Aldous Huxley wrote in the '20s and '30s were certain that one day the master's first name would pass into common usage as an adjective: if someone woke up feeling aldous, he would be liverish, cold to the touch and awfully, awfully acute. So it might have happened, except that a time came when Aldous did not feel aldous any more; he felt thomas-henry. And old T. H. Huxley, the novelist's grandfather, was a solemn teacher, not a satirist. The result was...

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