Aldous Leonard Huxley was a well-known writer, essayist and screenwriter. He wrote his fist novel at the age of 17, the novel was never published though. His first published novel “Crome Yellow” was a satirical work on social issues. Besides editing the magazine “Oxford Poetry”, he also wrote short stories, poetry and created scripts for some Hollywood films. But he could not achieve success in Hollywood. In his later life, parapsychology and philosophical mysticism dominated most of his writings. When he was introduced to meditation, vegetarianism and Vedanta, he became an active member of Vedanta Society of Southern California for a long period. His book “The Doors of Perception” mirrors his experience of psychedelic drug.
After the publication of this book, some disagreement occurred between him and Swami Prabhavananda, the head of the Vedanta Society regarding his experience of LSD drug. Still Huxley remained involved in the activities of the society by contributing articles for its journal and delivering lectures at the temple. He represented his personal experience of improvement of his poor eyesight with the help of Bates Method in the book “The Art of Seeing”. He loved to mention himself as an agnostic, though he had an interest in spirituality and mysticism.
Born in Godalming, Surrey, England, Aldous Huxley was the third son of Leonard Huxley, a writer and schoolmaster and his first wife Julia Arnold. He had two brothers and a half-brother. He began his initial learning in his father’s well-equipped botanical laboratory. Later he attended Hillside school. After that, he studied at Eton College. He lost his mother in 1908. In 1911, he suffered from blindness for two to three years. As a result of this, he could not qualify for the service in the First World War. After his recovery, he studied English literature at Balliol College, Oxford, from where he graduated with first class honors.
He taught French for a year at Eton College. Though, he was remembered there for his incompetency as a teacher, yet he gained popularity among his students for his use of words. In 1918, he worked at the Air Ministry for a brief period. He also worked as a farm laborer at Garsington Manor during World War I. At that time, he met with personalities like Bertrand Russell and Clive Bell.
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