He was son of the writer and professional herbalist Leonard Huxley by his first wife, Julia Arnold; and grandson of Thomas Henry Huxley, one of the most prominent naturalists of the nineteenth century.
He graduated from Balliol College, Oxfordwith a first in English literature. He was best known for his novels including Brave New Worldset in a dystopian London; for non-fiction books, such as The Doors of Perceptionwhich recalls experiences when taking a psychedelic drug ; and a wide-ranging output of essays.
Early in his career Huxley edited the magazine Oxford Poetry and published short stories and poetry. Mid career and later, he published travel writing, film stories, and scripts. He spent the later part of his life in the U.
Ina year before his death, he was elected Companion of Literature by the Royal Society of Literature.
He later became interested in spiritual subjects such as parapsychology and philosophical mysticism  in particular universalism. Huxley family Huxley was born in GodalmingSurrey, England, in He was the third son of the writer and schoolmaster Leonard Huxley, who edited Cornhill Magazine and his first wife, Julia Arnold, who founded Prior's Field School.
Julia was the niece of poet and critic Matthew Arnold and the sister of Mrs. Aldous was the grandson of Thomas Henry Huxleythe zoologistagnostic, and controversialist "Darwin's Bulldog". His brother Julian Huxley and half-brother Andrew Huxley also became outstanding biologists.
Aldous had another brother, Noel Trevelyan Huxley —who committed suicide after a period of clinical depression. He was taught there by his own mother for several years until she became terminally ill. After Hillside, he went on to Eton College.
His mother died in when he was In he contracted the eye disease keratitis punctata which "left [him] practically blind for two to three years".
I believe his blindness was a blessing in disguise. For one thing, it put paid to his idea of taking up medicine as a career His uniqueness lay in his universalism. He was able to take all knowledge for his province. He was mainly remembered as being an incompetent schoolmaster unable to keep order in class.
Nevertheless, Blair and others spoke highly of his brilliant command of language. According to the introduction to the latest edition of his great science fiction novel Brave New Worldthe experience he had there of "an ordered universe in a world of planless incoherence" was an important source for the novel.
Brave New World was Huxley's fifth novel and first dystopian work. In the s he was also a contributor to Vanity Fair and British Vogue magazines. Later, in Crome Yellow he caricatured the Garsington lifestyle.
Jobs were very scarce, but in John Middleton Murry was reorganising the Athenaeum and invited Huxley to join the staff. He accepted immediately, and quickly married the Belgian refugee Maria Nys, also at Garsington.
Following Lawrence's death inHuxley edited Lawrence's letters In Brave New World, set in a dystopian London, Huxley portrays a society operating on the principles of mass production and Pavlovian conditioning.
Huxley was strongly influenced by F. Matthias Alexander and included him as a character in Eyeless in Gaza. Starting from this period, Huxley began to write and edit non-fiction works on pacifist issues, including Ends and MeansAn Encyclopedia of Pacifism, and Pacifism and Philosophy, and was an active member of the Peace Pledge Union.
He lived in the US, mainly in southern California, until his death, but also for a time in Taos, New Mexicowhere he wrote Ends and Means published in The book contains illuminating tracts on war, religion, nationalism and ethics.
Heard introduced Huxley to Vedanta Upanishad-centered philosophymeditation, and vegetarianism through the principle of ahimsa.
InHuxley befriended Jiddu Krishnamurtiwhose teachings he greatly admired. He also became a Vedantist in the circle of Hindu Swami Prabhavanandaand introduced Christopher Isherwood to this circle.Music at Night and Other Essays [Aldous Huxley] on leslutinsduphoenix.com *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers.
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Each copy is 5/5(4). Barr excitedly wrote to Pinker, “I am delighted to secure it and hope you will shove some more good articles our way in the near future.” “Tragedy” would go on to figure prominently in Huxley’s seventh collection of essays, Music At Night and Other Essays, which first appeared as .
Aldous Huxley was born on July 26, , in Surrey, England, into a distinguished scientific and literary family; his grandfather was the noted scientist and writer, T.H.
Huxley. The Gioconda smile: a play in three acts from the short story / by Aldous Huxley. Huxley, Aldous – Huxley was a British-American novelist, essayist, short story writer, poet, critic, and playwright.
His novels are generally considered novels of ideas: Huxley was. Music at Night is a collection of essays by Aldous Huxley. The essays in this book cover different subjects, such as morality in arts ('To the Puritan All Things are Impure', a defence of his friend D.
H. Lawrence), music.