HEAVEN AND HELL
When one of this century´s finest minds sampled the mescalin experience…
AldousHuxley was one of the first western writers to experiment with consciousness-expanding drugs. In these two short essays he describes the mescalin-inspired visionary landscapes of the mind, whichimpressed themselves upon him with the force of revealed truth-visions of heavenly delights which could, in the wrong hands, be transformed into a schizophrenic hell.
Born in 1894, Aldous Huxley belongedto a family of great talent: he was the grandson of the famous Thomas Henry Huxley; the son of Leonard Huxley, the editor of Cornhill Magazine; and the brother of Sir Julian Huxley. He was educated atEton and Balliol, and before devoting himself entirely to his own writing worked as a journalist and dramatic critic.
Aldous Huxley first attracted attention with a volume of stories called Limbo(1920) and followed this up with his novel Crome Yellow (1921). Antic Hay and Those Barren Leaves followed in 1923 and 1925 respectively. His three most outstanding novels are Point Counter Point (1928),and Beyond the Mexique bay (1934). Grey Eminence and Eyeless in Gaza (1936).His travel books include Jesting Pilate (1926), and The Devils of Loudun are historical studies, and in The Doors ofPerception and Heaven and Hell he discussed the nature and significance of visionary experience. He died in 1963. His last books were Brave New world Revisited (1959), Collected Essays (1960), On Art andArtist (1961), Island (1962), and Literature and Science (1963).
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