Aldous Huxley(1894-1963), Novelist
Sitter in 114 portraits
Huxley was arguably Britain's best-known novelist of the inter-war years. His reputation followed the success of Brave New World (1932), which, set 500 years in the future, conjured a nightmare vision of an overpopulated society that has resorted to biological engineering. It followed a string of satirical works: Crome Yellow (1921), Antic Hay (1923) and Those Barren Leaves (1925). Huxley later moved to the USA, where, partly due to interest in Hindu Vedantist ideas, his writing turned to pacifism, metaphysics and the potential of human capability. This plays out in Ends and Means (1937) and the autobiographical The Doors of Perception (1953), written under the influence of the hallucinogenic drug mescaline.
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by Lady Ottoline Morrell