Huxley, Aldous. (1894–1963)

Autograph Letter Signed

ALS from the English writer and philosopher to Professor Irma Antonetto of the Associazione Culturale Italiana, declining an invitation to speak.  14.ix.53 (14 September 1953); Los Angeles; 1 pp., airmail letter.  "Dear Madam,/  Thank you for your kind letter.  My plains are quite uncertain in as much as they depend on the health of a member of my family.  Hence it is impossible for me to make any definite arrangement with your organization./  Yours very truly/  Aldous Huxley."  Expected mailing folds, two holes to left margin, else fine.

Author of nearly fifty books, Huxley was a seven-time nominee for the Nobel Prize in Literature, and is best known for his 1932 book Brave New World.

Irma Antonetto (1920-1993), was founder and director of the Associazione Culturale Italiana [Association of Italian Culture] for 46 years, during which time she brought some 400 philosophers, writers, scientists, artists, and Nobel winners to lecture in Italy. She was recipient of the 1964 Cavaliere al merito della Repubblica italiana. (19038)