What Not

What Not A Prophetic Comedy - Handheld Classic

Paperback (25 Mar 2019) | English

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Synopsis

Published in 1918, What Not was hastily withdrawn due to a number of potentially libellous pages, and was reissued in 1919, but had lost its momentum. Now republished for the first time with the suppressed pages reinstated, What Not is a lost classic of feminist protest at social engineering, and rage at media manipulation. Kitty Grammont and Nicholas Chester are in love. Kitty is certified as an A for breeding purposes, but politically ambitious Chester has been uncertificated, and may not marry. Kitty wields power as a senior civil servant in the Ministry of Brains, which makes these classifications, but does not have the freedom to marry who she wants. They ignore the restrictions, and carry on a discreet affair. But it isn't discreet enough for the media: the popular press, determined to smash the brutal regime of the Ministry of Brains, has found out about Kitty and Chester, and scents an opportunity for a scandalous exposure. Aldous Huxley was a frequent guest at Macaulay's flat while she was writing What Not. Fourteen years later, his Brave New World borrowed many of Macaulay's ideas for Huxley's own prophetic vision.

Book information

ISBN: 9781912766031
Publisher: Handheld Press
Imprint: Handheld Classics
Pub date:
DEWEY: 823.912
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: xxix, 195
Weight: 298g
Height: 139mm
Width: 215mm
Spine width: 13mm