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tribute to Aldous Huxley

huxley2English writer Aldous Huxley was born on 26th July 1894. Best known for his novels including Brave New World and a wide-ranging output of essays, Huxley also edited the magazine Oxford Poetry, and published short stories, poetry, travel writing, film stories and scripts. Huxley spent the later part of his life in the United States, living in Los Angeles from 1937 until his death.Aldous Huxley was a humanist, pacifist, and satirist, and he was latterly interested in spiritual subjects such as parapsychology and philosophical mysticism.He is also well known for advocating and taking psychedelics. By the end of his life Huxley was widely recognized to be one of the pre-eminent intellectuals of his time and respected as an important researcher into visual communication and sight-related theories as well.

Aldous Huxley was a very prolific novelist,poet and essay writer and some of his other works include Crome Yellow, Antic Hay, Those Barren Leaves, Point Counter Point, Brave New World, Eyeless in Gaza, After Many a Summer, Time Must Have a Stop, Ape and Essence, The Genius and the Goddess, Island, Limbo, Mortal Coils, Little Mexican, Two or Three Graces, Brief Candles Jacob’s Hands,Collected Short Stories.He was also Magazine Editor for Oxford Poetry and wrote a great many poems including The Burning Wheel,Jonah,The Defeat of Youth ,Leda, Arabia Infelix and The Cicadas. During his life he also wrote a great many essays and screenplays too and in 1939 he was awarded the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for After Many a Summer Dies the Swan. Then in 1959 Aldous Huxley won the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award of Merit for Brave New World and in 1962 he was awarded the Companion of Literature by the Royal Society of Literature. There have also been many film adaptations of his novels including The Devils and Point counter Point.Huxley sadly passed away on 22 November 1963, aged 69, several hours after the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Huxley’s ashes were interred in the family grave at the Watts Cemetery, home of the Watts Mortuary Chapel in Compton, a village near Guildford, Surrey, England.Media coverage of Huxley’s passing was overshadowed by the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, on the same day, as was the death of the British author C. S. Lewis, who also died on 22 November. This coincidence was the inspiration for Peter Kreeft’s book Between Heaven and Hell: A Dialog Somewhere Beyond Death with John F. Kennedy, C. S. Lewis, & Aldous Huxley.


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