Huxley, Aldous Leonard

   English author, poet, and philosopher, perhaps most famous for his utopian novel Brave New World (1932b) and such important nonfiction as The Art of Seeing (1932a), The Perennial Philosophy (1946), and The Devils of Loudon (1952); grandson of Thomas Huxley and brother of Julian Huxley. An account of Huxley’s experiments with the drug mescaline is published in The Doors of Perception (1954), with rich and celebratory descriptions of the hallucinations and detailed analysis of the mystical and social implications of his experiences. The follow-up volume Heaven and Hell (1956) balances the positive experiences with what have since been termed “bad trips” and contributes descriptions of the effects of LSD. In Brave New World, the drug “soma” serves as a major tool of the totalitarian state, while in Island (1962), Huxley’s last major work, the drug “moksha” is central to the doomed utopia of Pala—and both of these novels likely draw on Huxley’s own experiments with entheogens. Huxley’s work has had a major impact on psychedelic audiences—Jim Morrison’s band the Doors took its name from Huxley’s 1954 book—and his work continues to have an influence on many neo-shamans. The fact that Huxley requested an injection of LSD on his deathbed lends greater weight to his status as a visionary and shaman among neo-shamans.

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  • Huxley,Aldous Leonard — Hux·ley (hŭksʹlē), Aldous Leonard. 1894 1963. British writer. His best known work, Brave New World (1932), paints a grim picture of a scientifically organized utopia. * * * …   Universalium

  • Huxley, Aldous Leonard — (1894 1963)    Born near Godalming, Surrey, he started at Eton College in 1908, and two years later a severe eye infection, which caused near blindness, forced him to leave. He taught himself to read Braille and he graduated with a first in… …   British and Irish poets

  • Huxley, Aldous (Leonard) — (26 jul. 1894, Godalming, Surrey, Inglaterra–22 nov. 1963, Los Ángeles, Cal., EE.UU.). Novelista y crítico británico. Nieto de T.H. Huxley y hermano de Julian Huxley, padeció de ceguera parcial desde niño. Es conocido por sus obras de sátira… …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • Huxley, Aldous (Leonard) — born July 26, 1894, Godalming, Surrey, Eng. died Nov. 22, 1963, Los Angeles, Calif., U.S. British novelist and critic. Grandson of T.H. Huxley and brother of Julian Huxley, he was partially blind from childhood. He is known for works of elegant,… …   Universalium

  • HUXLEY, Aldous Leonard — (1894 1963)    grandson of T. H. Huxley. English MYSTICAL writer novelist, essayist and poet, who experimented with drug induced states to achieve SPIRITUAL insight …   Concise dictionary of Religion

  • HUXLEY, Aldous Leonard — (1894–1963)    The British novelist who included encounters with the Etruscans in two of his novels, Point Counter Point (1928) and Those Barren Leaves (1925) …   Historical Dictionary of the Etruscans

  • Huxley, Aldous — pseud. di Huxley, Aldous Leonard …   Sinonimi e Contrari. Terza edizione

  • Huxley, Aldous — ▪ British author Introduction in full  Aldous Leonard Huxley  born July 26, 1894, Godalming, Surrey, Eng. died Nov. 22, 1963, Los Angeles  English novelist and critic gifted with an acute and far ranging intelligence. His works were notable for… …   Universalium

  • Aldous Leonard Huxley — noun English writer; grandson of Thomas Huxley who is remembered mainly for his depiction of a scientifically controlled utopia (1894 1963) • Syn: ↑Huxley, ↑Aldous Huxley • Instance Hypernyms: ↑writer, ↑author …   Useful english dictionary

  • Leonard Aldous Huxley — Aldous Huxley (Januar 1970 in Buenos Aires) Aldous Leonard Huxley (* 26. Juli 1894 in Godalming, Surrey (England); † 22. November 1963 in Los Angeles) war ein britischer Schriftsteller, der in die Ver …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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