Aldous Huxley

Biography by Ally Findley Aldous Huxley was born in Godalming, Surrey, England on July 26, 1894. His father was Leonard Huxley, a teacher and editor of Cornhill Magazine, and his mother was Julia Arnold, who founded Prior’s Field School (and was the niece of famous poet and essayist Matthew Arnold). His grandfather was the famous… Continue Reading Aldous Huxley

The Defeat of Youth and Other Poems

By Emily Petermann After the publication of his first book of poetry, The Burning Wheel, in 1916, Aldous Huxley’s second book,[1]  The Defeat of Youth and Other Poems, appeared in August 1918 with Blackwell.  This little volume begins with the eponymous poem, actually a sequence of twenty-two sonnets, which Jerome Meckier called “the century’s most… Continue Reading The Defeat of Youth and Other Poems

The Burning Wheel

by Emily Petermann Though Aldous Huxley is primarily remembered for his novels and to a lesser extent his essays, he began his writing career as a poet.  While a student at Balliol College at Oxford, having been exempted from military service due to extremely poor eyesight, he was involved in several student poetry magazines.  In… Continue Reading The Burning Wheel