Aldous Huxley


Born
in Godalming, Surrey, England, The United Kingdom
July 26, 1894

Died
November 22, 1963

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Aldous Leonard Huxley was an English writer and one of the most prominent members of the famous Huxley family. He spent the latter part of his life in the United States, living in Los Angeles from 1937 until his death in 1963. Best known for his novels and wide-ranging output of essays, he also published short stories, poetry, travel writing, and film stories and scripts. Through his novels and essays Huxley functioned as an examiner and sometimes critic of social mores, norms and ideals. Huxley was a humanist but was also interested towards the end of his life in spiritual subjects such as parapsychology and philosophical mysticism. By the end of his life, Huxley was widely acknowledged as one of the pre-eminent intellectuals of his time.

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“Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.”
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“Words can be like X-rays if you use them properly -- they’ll go through anything. You read and you’re pierced.”
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1929, A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway, 293 pages
 
  26 votes, 16.8%

1935, Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier, 320 pages
 
  18 votes, 11.6%

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  14 votes, 9.0%

1952, East of Eden by John Steinbeck, 601 pages
 
  14 votes, 9.0%

 
  13 votes, 8.4%

1932, Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, 268 pages
 
  12 votes, 7.7%

1899, Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad, 200 pages
 
  12 votes, 7.7%

1960, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, 324 pages
 
  12 votes, 7.7%

 
  10 votes, 6.5%

1847, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë, 507 pages
 
  9 votes, 5.8%

1937, Out of Africa by Karen Blixen, 399 pages
 
  9 votes, 5.8%

 
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