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Aldous Huxley and the Sheldonian hypothesis

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For a period of almost twenty years Aldous Huxley made use in his novels and biographies of the theories of physique and character developed by the psychometrist William Sheldon. This is most clearly seen in the novel Time must have a stop , whose characters follow Sheldon's theories in the most intricate and precise fashion. Huxley's use of Sheldon's work in this novel will be examined, and his motives for embarking on this relatively rare use of science in literature discussed.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: School of Humanities, The Hatfield Polytechnic, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, AL10 9AB, England

Publication date: November 1, 1980

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