“Writers write to influence their readers, their preachers, their auditors, but always, at bottom, to be more themselves.” – Alduous Huxley
Since my new book And The Wind Whispered is set in 1894 I’ve become more interested in things happening in the world that year. One thing I hadn’t expected to discover was that it was the birth year of the renowned writer and philosopher. It was, in fact, on this date that he was born.
As I’ve written about Huxley before, few people have had as great an impact on the world’s thinking, particularly from his novel Brave New World, ranked by those who do such rankings as somewhere between the Number 1 and Number 5 best fictional work in the English language written during the 20th Century.
Widely acknowledged as one of the pre-eminent intellectuals, he was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature 7 different years. He kept striving, through his many forms of writing, to find “the right words” to share his hopes and fears for the world and to encourage each individual to do his or her best to make it a better place.
“And, there is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving,” he said, “and that's your own self.”
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