Huxley was born in 1894 in England to two very aristocratic parents, Leonard and Julia
Huxley. Huxleys family possessed both scientific and literary fame throughout
Europe. Indeed young Aldous had much to live up to. As a teenager, Huxley was enrolled in
Eton, the legendary university. Soon he developed a bizarre eye disease which left him
blind for over two years. Needless to say, this event dramatically changed Huxley, who
decided to be a writer instead of a medical doctor. He reminisces, "...I should
infallibly have killed myself in the much more strenuous profession of medicine."
However, Huxley was no stranger to work, even in the literary world. The great author had
an incredibly productive writing career for nearly four decades, concluding at the time of
his death in November of 1963.
Huxley lived and wrote in Italy for much of his early
adult life. He contributed to many literary magazines, including Vogue, but soon was
forced to flee to America in 1937 to escape Hitler and the Nazis. As Huxley grew as an
author, his writing became increasingly serious. He struggled to determine mans role
in society and to find the meaning of his perception. With his most famous work, Brave
New World, Huxley proved to be decades ahead of his time. Indeed it would take years
for the literary community to finally accept his work for what it was. Eventually Huxley
emigrated to the United States where he lived the rest of his days in sunny southern
California. As he grew older, Huxley began to experiment with LSD, a mind altering drug he
found to be particularly useful for attaining spiritual perception. His later books
reflected this interest in mans relationship with the spiritual world.
Huxley will go down in history as being
one the most famous of the contemporary writers, often writing misconstrued pieces far
ahead of their time.