Utopian Society Thinkers Aldous Huxley Part 1
About the famous utopian thinker and writer Aldous Huxley and history of his planned utopia PALA written about in Island.
ALDOUS HUXLEY (1894-1963)
Aldous Huxley, who asked for and received an injection of LSD on his deathbed, began life as the beloved son of English intellectual aristocrats. His time on earth spanned the end of the Victorian Age and the beginning of the Age of Aquarius, and he was always in the vanguard, never afraid to investigate (and even to believe in) the strange and the mystical, yet he never lost his respect for everyday reality. A friend once said of him that he was a man who "knew the times of all the trains." Huxley radiated "shining goodness," and he was greatly loved by those who knew him.
As a little boy, Aldous was precocious and a little odd, though always popular. When he was four, a family member asked him, "What are you thinking about, Aldous dear?" He answered with one word, "Skin."
Aldous's mother died when he was 14, and three years later an eye infection left him nearly blind for 18 months. With typical emotional courage, he did not complain, but said that braille had the special advantage of allowing him to read in bed under the blankets without getting his hands cold. Though his sight improved, Huxley was plagued with poor eyesight all his life.
At the start of W.W.I, Aldous entered Oxford; he graduated in 1916. During this time, he was friendly with Philip and Lady Ottoline Morrell, famous leaders of the Bloomsbury group, and was often at their country place. There he met D. H. Lawrence, who became a close friend of his. There also as a young man he sang ragtime on the roof with a woman clad in purple pajamas. And there he proposed to Maria Nys, who was his wife from 1919 until her death in 1955.
For most of his adult life, Huxley earned his living as a writer. He authored 47 books, among them Crome Yellow, Point Counter Point, Brave New World, Antic Hay, Eyeless in Gaza, After Many a Summer Dies the Swan, and Brave New World Revisited.
Huxley was very tall (6 ft. 4 in.), thin, and fragile, with a high-browed head and a great deal of hair. He tended to be a spiffy dresser, wearing suits in subtle colors, a watch and chain, sometimes a reptile tie, other times a wide-brimmed hat.
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