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Aldous Huxley

(1894-1963), Novelist

Sitter in 113 portraits
During the interwar years, Huxley was arguably Britain's best-known novelist following the international success of Brave New World (1932). Its success came after a string of satirical works: Crome Yellow (1921), Antic Hay (1923) and Those Barren Leaves (1925). Huxley later settled in the USA. There, the tone of his writing gravitated towards pacifism and metaphysics, prompted partly by interest in Hindu Vedantist thought. These aspects of his development are evident in Ends and Means (1937). His later writing was preoccupied with the potential of human capability, notably in the autobiographical The Doors of Perception (1953), written under the influence of mescaline.

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Aldous Huxley

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1934
NPG x10889

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Aldous Huxley

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1934
NPG x10890

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Aldous Huxley

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1934
NPG x10891

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Aldous Huxley

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1934
NPG x10892

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Aldous Huxley

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1934
NPG x10893

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Aldous Huxley

by Howard Coster
10 x 8 inch film negative, 1934
NPG x10894

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Aldous Huxley

by Howard Coster
10 x 8 inch film negative, 1934
NPG x10895

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Aldous Huxley

by Howard Coster
10 x 8 inch film negative, 1934
NPG x10896

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Aldous Huxley

by Howard Coster
10 x 8 inch film negative, 1934
NPG x10897

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Aldous Huxley

by Howard Coster
10 x 8 inch film negative, 1934
NPG x10898

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Aldous Huxley

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print, 1936
NPG x40210

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Aldous Huxley

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print, 1936
NPG x40211

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