The Huxley Centre’s library is an attempt at reconstructing the library of one of the greatest men of letters of the 20th century.
It is the only collection of its kind in the world. All the authors in Huxley’s 1947 essay have been included, frequently in complete editions dating from before the 1920s which Huxley could theoretically have bought, but probably did not.
For instance, he borrowed the complete Balzac from his brother Julian after saddling himself with the task of writing a book on the famous French author (he never completed it). Most of the works of fiction mentioned in Huxley’s essays, novels, short stories, reviews and letters have been added in the editions Huxley is likely to have had recourse to, such as first editions of D. H. Lawrence, James Joyce, T.S. Eliot, Marcel Proust and many others. Where original editions were unavailable, modern editions were purchased instead, but they can be counted on the fingers of one hand.