“After Many a Summer Dies the Swan” was published in 1939 under the title “After Many a Summer”. Later in the same year, the novel was republished under its current title, taken from Alfred, Lord Tennyson's poem “Tithonus” (Thitonus is a figure from Greek mythology to whom Zeus gave eternal life but not eternal youth).
The Huxley's novel tells the story of a Hollywood millionaire who likes his life so much that he does not want it to end. Learned about an English nobleman who had discovered a way for longevity, he would do his best to find him.
The story puts many philosophical and social debatable questions, some of which the author scrutinizes in his following novels.