Aldous Huxley was a British novelist best known for his work A Brave New World. Aldous Huxley was born on July 26th, 1894 in Godalming, Surrey, England to Julia Arnold and Leonard Huxley. His father was a teacher and writer, and his mother established Prior’s Field School. Aldous went blind as a teenager for two or three years, but his eyesight improved enough for him to study English at Balliol College, Oxford, but it remained poor for the rest of his life. He received honors in his graduation. Crome Yellow, a social satire by Aldous Huxley, was published in 1921. Novels, short story collections, poetry collections, essay collections, screenplays, travel books, drama, articles, and even a children’s book titled “The Crows of Pearblossom” are among his published works.
Aldous Huxley’s mother died when he was only fourteen years old. In 1911, he became ill, and his vision was permanently damaged.
Noel Huxley, Aldous Huxley’s brother, committed suicide in 1914 due to depression.
When Aldous Huxley was 17, he wrote a novel that was never published.
Crome Yellow, Aldous Huxley’s first novel, was a satirical look at life at the Garsington Manor, where he had worked during World War I.
Aldous Huxley’s works frequently addressed the potential harm caused by scientific progress to humanity.
Aldous Huxley became close friends with the well-known author D.H. Lawrence. Lawrence during his time at Oxford. Following Lawrence’s death in 1930, he eventually edited his letters.
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, and Island were among Aldous’ novels.
In 1937, Aldous Huxley moved to Hollywood with his wife Maria and son Matthew. He spent the rest of his life there.
Soon after moving to the United States and meeting Jiddu Krishnamurti, Aldous Huxley became spiritual. He decided to become a Vendatist.
After spending a significant amount of time at Occidental College in Los Angeles in 1939, Aldous Huxley wrote the satirical novel After Many a Summer, which featured Tarzana College.
Aldous Huxley became a Hollywood screenwriter and earned $3,000 per week, which was a lot of money in 1938.
Aldous spent a large portion of the money he earned as a screenwriter to bring artist and writer refugees from Hitler’s Germany to the United States.
In 1949, Aldous Huxley wrote to George Orwell, the author of Nineteen Eighty-Four, to congratulate him on his book. He thought the book was “profoundly important,” and predicted that the government would become all-powerful in the coming years.
Aldous Huxley applied to become a citizen of the United States, but his application was denied several times because he refused to take up arms to defend the country. He ultimately withdrew his application.
Aldous had two marriages. When his first wife, Maria, died, his first marriage came to an end. When Aldous died of laryngeal cancer, his second marriage to Laura Archera came to an end.
Aldous Huxley died on November 22, 1963, at the age of 69.
When he passed away, the author C.S. Lewis, too, had passed away. Both of their deaths were overshadowed by the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
Aldous Huxley was friends with Russian composer Igor Stravinsky. Aldous was the recipient of Igor’s final orchestral composition.