Sunday, February 8, 2009

After Many a Summer

Original Novel Title: After Many a Summer
Alternate Title: After Many a Summer Dies the Swan
Author: Aldous Huxley
Publisher: London: Chatto and Windus, 1939 (hardcover); New York. Harper & Brothers, 1939 (hardcover).

According to archivist John Sanford, this novel about the search for immortality by the author of Brave New World is
about life and death, rather than Archives, but the principal character, Jeremy Pordage is rather clearly an archivist/manuscript scholar imported from London to LA to catalog a collection of British aristocratic manuscripts. It has perhaps the most accurate distillation of the inoffensive yet purposeless existence that is archivist.

Submitted by John Sanford, 2000.09.18.

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