“Writers write to influence their readers, their preachers, their auditors, but always, at bottom, to be more themselves.” – Alduous Huxley
Since my latest book And The Wind Whispered is set in 1894 I’ve become more interested in things that happened during that year. One thing I hadn’t expected to discover was that it was the birth year of renowned writer and philosopher Huxley, who was born in Surrey, England in July of that year.
Few people had as great an impact on the world’s thinking, particularly through 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 in the 20th Century.
Widely acknowledged as one of the world’s pre-eminent intellectuals, Huxley was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature 7 different times. And 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.
“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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