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Aldous Leonard Huxley (26 July 1894 – 22 November 1963) was an English writer, and one of the most prominent members of the famous Huxley family.

Aldous Huxley
Monochrome portrait of Aldous Huxley sitting on a table, facing slightly downwards.
Huxley in 1954
BornAldous Leonard Huxley
(1894-07-26)26 July 1894
Godalming, Surrey, England
Died22 November 1963(1963-11-22) (aged 69)
Los Angeles County, California, U.S.
Resting placeCompton, Surrey, England
Occupation
  • Writer
  • philosopher
EducationEton College
Alma materBalliol College, Oxford
Notable works
Spouses
ChildrenMatthew Huxley

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He wrote a number of novels, on various themes. Most of his books are about modern society, the effects of modern science and, later, on mysticism and psychedelic drugs like LSD.

Huxley is probably best known for his book Brave New World. In the book, which was written in 1932, he writes about a world in the far future, where the whole social hierarchy is based on genetic traits, and not on the personal effort of individual people to learn and improve themselves.

Selected worksEdit

NovelsEdit

Essay collectionsEdit

  • On the Margin (1923)
  • Along the Road (1925)
  • Essays New and Old (1926)
  • Proper Studies (1927)
  • Do What You Will (1929)
  • Vulgarity in Literature (1930)
  • Music at Night (1931)
  • Texts and Pretexts (1932)
  • The Olive Tree and other essays (1936)
  • Ends and Means (1937)
  • Words and their Meanings (1940)
  • The Art of Seeing (1942)
  • The Perennial Philosophy (1945)
  • Science, Liberty and Peace (1946)
  • Themes and Variations (1950)
  • The Doors of Perception (1954)
  • Heaven and Hell (1956)
  • Adonis and the Alphabet (U.S. title: Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow) (1956)
  • Collected Essays (1958)
  • Brave New World Revisited (1958)
  • Literature and Science (1963)
  • Moksha: Writings on Psychedelics and the Visionary Experience 1931–63 (1977)
  • The Human Situation: Lectures at Santa Barbara, 1959 (1977)

ScreenplaysEdit

  • Brave New World
  • Ape and Essence
  • Pride and Prejudice (Collaboration. 1940)
  • Madame Curie (Collaboration. 1943)
  • Jane Eyre (Collaboration with John Houseman. 1944)
  • A Woman's Vengeance 1947
  • Eyeless in Gaza (BBC Mini-series 1971)

Audio Recordings on CDEdit

  • Knowledge and Understanding (1955) [1][2]
  • Who Are We? (1955) [2][3]

OtherEdit

  • Pacifism and Philosophy (1936)
  • An Encyclopedia of Pacifism (editor, 1937)
  • Grey Eminence (1941)
  • The Devils of Loudun (1953)
  • The Politics of Ecology (1962)
  • Selected Letters (2007)

ReferencesEdit

  1. "listing in". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 2013-03-08.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Note on lecturing in Santa Barbara". Pooler-georgia-homepage.com. Retrieved 2013-03-08.
  3. "listing in". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 2013-03-08.

Other websitesEdit