Antic Hay by Aldous Huxley, David Lodge, David Bradshaw

By Aldous Huxley, David Lodge, David Bradshaw


When suggestion leads Theodore Gumbril to layout one of those pneumatic trouser to ease the soreness of sedentary existence, he makes a decision the time has come to renounce educating and search his fortune within the city. He quickly reveals himself stuck up within the hedonistic international of his associates Mercaptan, Lypiatt and the completely civilised Myra Viveash, and his burning objectives start to lose their urgency...

Wickedly humorous and deliciously barbed, the unconventional epitomises the glittering neuroticism of the Twenties.

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From the vantage point of readers, especially female readers, this public space functioned in subtle and manifold ways. Hoberman uses the ‘disorder’ of a Habermasian public sphere permeated with women readers she identifies with the private sphere as a more robust way to theorise this venue (178–9). In place of the conventionally gendered alignment of public and masculinity, private and femininity, exteriority emphasises the circulatory syntax of networks, like Bourdieu’s ‘space of possibles’, a working within and through the constraints of institutional, social and architectural structures of this library space.

Eight years later, her translation of Ludwig Feuerbach’s The Essence of Christianity appeared under the name of ‘Marian Evans’, the only time Eliot’s work was printed in Britain with this byline. Influenced by the German Higher Criticism, both texts demystified Christian scripture and contributed to the evolution of a religion of humanity for Eliot, a crucial idea in her fiction writing. As this chapter shows, Marx, Clementina Black, Constance Black Garnett and Amy Levy engaged in translation work, and sometimes this work was facilitated through their contacts or research at the British Museum.

By that point, she was assisting Murray with his dictionary project and correcting translations of her father’s Capital (Kapp 1972: 225). The year before, a German socialist commented about this library labourer that she was already working hard at the British Museum, partly for her father, partly ‘devilling’, that is, taking excerpts or doing research for a pittance to save well-to-do people who wanted to write books the trouble of looking things up for themselves. (Kapp 1972: 206) Why Marx took on this ‘devilling’ is evident in another letter to her sister Jenny in 1882: ‘After all work is the chief thing.

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