Born: 26 July 1894, Surrey, England
Died: 22 November 1963, California, USA
Educated: Eton College, Oxford University graduating with a First Class BA in English Literature
Genre: fiction, science fiction, non-fiction
Best known for: Brave New World
Influences: Virginia Woolf, Bertrand Russell, T. S. Eliot, D. H. Lawrence
• While in his teens Huxley contracted an eye disease which left him partially blind. However, his blindness was controversial: later in life he claimed he was cured
• Huxley originally wanted to be a scientist, but in his teens took to writing and in his lifetime published a huge amount of novels, short stories, poems, screenplays and essays in his lifetime
• In 1937 Huxley moved to the USA and became strongly interested in meditation and spirituality, even taking hallucinogenic drugs and writing about his experiences
• Huxley was a pacifist and also worried about the dangerous impact of technology on the human race, imagining bleak dystopian futures in his novels and essays
• Huxley was hugely respected as an intellectual and nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature in seven different years
• Huxley died on the same day that fellow author C.S. Lewis died, and on which John F.Kennedy was assassinated, of laryngeal cancer
Books by this author
Chrome Yellow (1921)
Huxley’s first novel, Chrome Yellow was a biting satire of fleeting trends and fads. A send up of the traditional novel set in a country house, Huxley used stereotypical characters to skewer high society and politicians.
Brave New World (1932)
In Huxley’s most famous novel, he imagines London in AD 2540 in a society profoundly different from our own due to developments in technology from sleep learning to conditioning of the mind.
After Many a Summer (1939)
Huxley wrote After Many a Summer after moving to the USA. The novel follows a Hollywood millionaire obsessed with and fearful of his impending death and is a commentary on narcissism and superficiality.
Make sure you come to our book club this month where we read his celebrated dystopian tale, ‘Brave New World’
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