Books by Aldous Huxley (Author of Brave New World)He was a member of the famous Huxley family who produced a number of brilliant scientific minds. Best known for his novels and wide-ranging output of essays, he also published short stories, poetry, travel writing, and film stories and scripts. Through his novels and essays Huxley functioned as an examiner and sometimes critic of social mores, societal norms and ideals, and possible misapplications of science in human life. While his earlier concerns might be called "humanist," ultimately, he became quite interested in "spiritual" subjects like parapsychology and mystically based philosophy, which he also wrote about. By the end of his life, Huxley was considered, in certain circles, a 'leader of modern thought'. Huxley was born in Godalming, Surrey, England.
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Born into the prominent Huxley family , he graduated from Balliol College , Oxford with an undergraduate degree in English literature. Early in his career, he published short stories and poetry and edited the literary magazine Oxford Poetry , before going on to publish travel writing, satire , and screenplays. He spent the latter part of his life in the United States, living in Los Angeles from until his death.
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His works are notable for their wit and pessimistic satire , though he remains best known for one novel , Brave New World , a model for much dystopian science fiction that followed. Aldous Huxley was a grandson of the prominent biologist Thomas Henry Huxley and was the third child of the biographer and man of letters Leonard Huxley; his brothers included physiologist Andrew Fielding Huxley and biologist Julian Huxley. He was educated at Eton, during which time he became partially blind because of keratitis. He retained enough eyesight to read with difficulty, and he graduated from Balliol College, Oxford, in He published his first book in and worked on the periodical Athenaeum from to Thereafter he devoted himself largely to his own writing and spent much of his time in Italy until the late s, when he settled in California.
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