Aldous Huxley

Writer; Author
Born Jul 26, 1894

Aldous Leonard Huxley was an English writer and one of the most prominent members of the famous Huxley family. 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.… Read More

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1894 Birth Huxley was born in Godalming, Surrey, England, in 1894. … Read More


1911 16 Years Old In 1911 he contracted the eye disease (keratitis punctata) which "left him practically blind for two to three years". … Read More
1913 18 Years Old In October 1913, Huxley went up to Balliol College, Oxford, where he read English Literature.


1916 21 Years Old 1 More Event
In January 1916, he volunteered to join the British Army in the Great War, but was rejected on health grounds, being half-blind in one eye. … Read More
1917 22 Years Old Following his years at Balliol, Huxley, being financially indebted to his father, decided to find employment. From April to July 1917, he was in charge of ordering supplies at the Air Ministry for the Royal Air Force. … Read More
1919 24 Years Old 1 More Event
…  Jobs were very scarce, but in 1919 John Middleton Murry was reorganising the Athenaeum and invited Huxley to join the staff. … Read More


1930 35 Years Old Following Lawrence's death in 1930, Huxley edited Lawrence's letters (1932). … Read More


1937 42 Years Old In 1937, Huxley moved to Hollywood with his wife Maria, son Matthew, and friend Gerald Heard. … Read More
1938 43 Years Old 1 More Event
Heard introduced Huxley to Vedanta (Upanishad-centered philosophy), meditation, and vegetarianism through the principle of ahimsa. In 1938, Huxley befriended Jiddu Krishnamurti, whose teachings he greatly admired. … Read More
1939 44 Years Old 1 More Event
Beginning in 1939 and continuing until his death in 1963, Huxley had an extensive association with the Vedanta Society of Southern California, founded and headed by Swami Prabhavananda. … Read More
1940 45 Years Old In 1940, Huxley relocated from Hollywood to a ranchito in the high desert hamlet of Llano, California, in northernmost Los Angeles County. … Read More
1942 47 Years Old He wrote a book about his successes with the Bates Method, The Art of Seeing, which was published in 1942 (U.S.), 1943 (UK). … Read More


1952 57 Years Old It was, and is, widely believed that Huxley was nearly blind since the illness in his teens, despite the partial recovery that had enabled him to study at Oxford. For example, some ten years after publication of The Art of Seeing, in 1952, Bennett Cerf was present when Huxley spoke at a Hollywood banquet, wearing no glasses and apparently reading his paper from the lectern without difficulty: "Then suddenly he faltered — and the disturbing truth became obvious. … Read More


1956 61 Years Old In 1956, Huxley married Laura Archera (1911–2007), also an author as well as a violinist and psychotherapist. … Read More
1960 65 Years Old In 1960, Huxley was diagnosed with laryngeal cancer and, in the years that followed, with his health deteriorating, he wrote the Utopian novel Island, and gave lectures on "Human Potentialities" both at the University of California's San Francisco Medical Center and at the Esalen Institute. … Read More
1962 67 Years Old 1 More Event
…  In 1962, a year before his death, he was elected Companion of Literature by the Royal Society of Literature. … Read More
The society invited Huxley to appear at a banquet and give a lecture at Somerset House, London in June 1963. … Read More
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