Huxley visited US and was “outraged by the culture of youth, commercial cheeriness, sexual promiscuity, and the inward-looking nature of many Americans.” Also found a book about Henry Ford on boat to America. Wrote Brave New World with America in mind.
“feelies” were response to talking movies, and sex-hormone chewing gum was parody of chewing gum, a symbol of US at the time
In 1999, Modern Library ranked it as 5th on list of 100 best English-language novels of the 20thcentury
It is rated number 52 on The American Library Association’s list of most challenged books, and has been banned in several instances because it “centers around negative activity.”