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A. Huxley in Sanary - A condensed biography A.2

Out of England

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After the birth of their first and only child Matthew in 1920, they moved for good to Italy where for four years, other than regular business trips to London, they split their time between Florence and Forte dei Marmi on the Tuscani Coast. These places had the advantage to be very comfortable by London standards, and inexpensive, a convenience for a young couple with a baby. They breathed the charm of the Latin world with its ancient Mediterranean culture, sought by many British authors, Byron, Shelley. On the coast of Tuscany they found the quiet and warm environment longed for after the cold London winters – Aldous and Maria loved, even worshiped the sun.

The 20’s were prolific, for Aldous Huxley having established himself as a full time professional writer traveled throughout Italy and to far away places, India and the Far East, where he found the inspiration to write Jesting Pilate (1926). Biographers admit that this was a blessed period in their life. But it was not to last long with the menace of men wearing black shirts and the invasion of the fascist ideology throughout the country. After having been annoyed a few times by a suspicious administration and its thugs, the couple decided to cross back the Alps for good. In 1928, after a brief winter in the Swiss Mountains with Huxley’s brother Leonard, his wife and the Lawrences, the couple moved briefly to Rue du Bac in Paris, then bought a house in Suresnes, on the outskirts of the capital in order to be close to Matthew who had just started boarding school in England.

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