Aldous Huxley was a British writer and philosopher, born in Godalming, Surrey, England, into a family of distinguished intellectuals. He emerged as a prominent author in the early 20th century with a sharp wit and a flair for satire. Huxley attended Eton College and later studied English literature at Balliol College, Oxford, graduating with honours in 1916.
After Oxford, Huxley began his literary career, which spanned over four decades and produced nearly fifty books. He is best known for his novel "Brave New World" (1932), a seminal work of dystopian fiction that scrutinised the perils of losing individuality in a technologically advanced society. Huxley's range was vast, encompassing novels, short stories, poetry, and wide-ranging essays.
In the latter part of his life, Huxley became interested in spiritual subjects and mysticism, notably reflected in his book "The Doors of Perception" (1954), where he recounted experiences with psychedelic drugs. Additionally, he wrote screenplays and contributed to magazines. Huxley's insights into science, literature, and philosophy, along with his depictions of societal challenges, have left a lasting impact on literary and intellectual thought.
Aldous Huxley died on November 22, 1963, in Los Angeles, California, but remains a significant figure in the world of literature, often studied for his prophetic visions and eloquent commentary on the human condition.