Aldous Huxley  

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"The perfect drug. Euphoric, narcotic, pleasantly hallucinant. All the advantages of Christianity and alcohol; none of their defects. Take a holiday from reality whenever you like, and come back without so much as a headache or a mythology." --Brave New World by Aldous Huxley


"We who are speakers of English and not English scholars, who were born into the language and from childhood pickled in its literature - we can only say, with all due respect, that Baudelaire, Mallarmé and Valéry are wrong and that Poe is not one of our major poets." --Aldous Huxley in "Vulgarity in Literature" (1930)

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Aldous Leonard Huxley (26 July 1894 – 22 November 1963) was an English writer, philosopher and a prominent member of the Huxley family. Best known for his novels including Brave New World, set in a dystopian London, The Doors of Perception, which recalls experiences when taking a psychedelic drug, 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. He spent the later part of his life in the United States, living in Los Angeles from 1937 until his death.

Huxley was a humanist, pacifist, and satirist. He became deeply concerned that humans might become subjugated through the sophisticated use of the mass media or mood-altering drugs, or tragically impacted by misunderstanding or the misapplication of increasingly sophisticated technology.

Huxley later became interested in spiritual subjects such as parapsychology and philosophical mysticism, in particular, Universalism. He is also well known for his use of psychedelic drugs. By the end of his life, Huxley was widely acknowledged as one of the pre-eminent intellectuals of his time.

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Articles written for Vedanta and the West (A publication of the Vedanta Society of Southern California from 1938 to 1970)
  • Distractions (1941)
  • Distractions II (1941)
  • Action and Contemplation (1941)
  • An Appreciation (1941)
  • The Yellow Mustard (1941)
  • Lines (1941)
  • Some Replections of the Lord's Prayer (1941)
  • Reflections of the Lord's Prayer (1942)
  • Reflections of the Lord's Prayer II (1942)
  • Words and Reality (1942)
  • Readings in Mysticism (1942)
  • Man and Reality (1942)
  • The Magical and the Spiritual (1942)
  • Religion and Time (1943)
  • Idolatry (1943)
  • Religion and Temperament (1943)
  • A Note on the Bhagavatam (1943)
  • Seven Meditations (1943)
  • On a Sentence From Shakespeare (1944)
  • The Minimum Working Hypothesis (1944)
  • From a Notebook (1944)
  • The Philosophy of the Saints (1944)
  • That Art Thou (1945)
  • That Art Thou II (1945)
  • The Nature of the Ground (1945)
  • The Nature of the Ground II (1945)
  • God In the World (1945)
  • Origins and Consequences of Some Contemporary Thought-Patterns (1946)
  • The Sixth Patriarch (1946)
  • Some Reflections on Time (1946)
  • Reflections on Progress (1947)
  • Further Reflections on Progress (1947)
  • William Law (1947)
  • Notes on Zen (1947)
  • Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread (1948)
  • A Note on Gandhi (1948)
  • Art and Religion (1949)
  • Foreword to an Essay on the Indian Philosophy of Peace (1950)
  • A Note on Enlightenment (1952)
  • Substitutes for Liberation (1952)
  • The Desert (1954)
  • A Note on Patanjali (1954)
  • Who Are We? (1955)
  • Foreword to the Supreme Doctrine (1956)
  • Knowledge and Understanding (1956)
  • The "Inanimate" is Alive (1957)
  • Symbol and Immediate Experience (1960)
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