Aldous Huxley | First Editions
1894 - 1963
Aldous Leonard Huxley (26 July 1894 – 22 November 1963) was an English writer, novelist, philosopher, and prominent member of the Huxley family (a British family of which several members have excelled in scientific, medical, artistic, and literary fields. The patriarch of the family was the zoologist and comparative anatomist Thomas Henry Huxley).
Aldous Huxley is best known for his novels, including Brave New World, set in a dystopian London. He is also remembered for his non-fiction books, such as The Doors of Perception, which recalls experiences when taking a psychedelic drug - and which inspired the name of American rock band, The Doors. Huxley was a humanist, pacifist, and satirist. He later became interested in spiritual subjects such as parapsychology and philosophical mysticism - in particular, universalism. By the end of his life, Huxley was widely acknowledged as one of the pre-eminent intellectuals of his time. He was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature in seven different years.
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London: Chatto and Windus, 1950. [Essays] FIRST EDITION. Octavo (21 x 14cm), pp. 260 . With eight black and white photographic plates. Publisher's red cloth with gilt titles to white background over spine. With the red dust-jacket, priced at 12/6. Spotting to edges and preliminaries. Chipping and closed tears to.....