Aldous Huxley

Joe Nordgren (Lamar University)
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Aldous Leonard Huxley was born on 6th July 1894 at Laleham in Godalming, Surrey, England. The youngest of three sons and the third of four children, Huxley descended from two prominent Victorian families. His paternal grandfather, Thomas Henry Huxley, was a noted biologist who championed the theories of Charles Darwin. His maternal grandfather, Dr. Thomas Arnold, was headmaster at Rugby School and exerted considerable influence on nineteenth-century education in England. Huxley's parents likewise distinguished themselves. His father, Leonard Huxley, was an assistant master at Charterhouse who left teaching to become editor of

Cornhill Magazine

. His mother, Julia Arnold Huxley, a grand-niece of famed poet and literary critic Matthew Arnold, was the founder of Prior's Field school for girls.

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Citation: Nordgren, Joe. "Aldous Huxley". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 19 July 2005 [, accessed 26 May 2024.]

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