Author of Brave New World and The Doors of Perception, and inventor of the term 'psychedelic', Aldous Huxley was a global trend-setter ahead of his time. In this new biography Dr Kieron O'Hara explores the life of this great visionary, charting his transformation from society satirist to Californian guru-mystic through an insightful analysis of his life's work. Combining thoughtful biography, easy-to-use reading notes, and an insightful exploration of Huxley's continuing legacy, Huxley: A Beginner's Guide is the definitive introduction to one of the twentieth century's most influential thinkers.
Author Kieron O'Hara is Senior Research Fellow in the Intelligence, Agents, Multimedia Group (IAM), in the Department of Electronics and Computer Science (ECS) at the University of Southampton. He is currently involved in the Office of Science and Technology's Cybertrust and Crime Prevention initiative. He is the author of two books in popular science and sociology: Plato and the Internet, and Trust: From Socrates to Spin. He also co-wrote the script for best-selling computer game Tomb Raider IV: The Last Revelation.
Contains almost everything there is to say about the range of Huxley’s life and work. O'Hara does a brilliant job of encapsulating in brief lucid moments many of Huxley’s most salient critiques and reflections on art, morality, and the human condition...The reader will certainly walk away with enthusiasm for this fascinating author.
– Dana Sawyer - Professor of Religion and Philosophy at Maine College of Art and author of Huxley: A B
Kieron O’Hara provides an absorbing study, addressing the full range of Huxley’s work, and in doing so makes a persuasive case for Huxley’s importance as a thinker... astute and stimulating.
– Chris Ferns - Professor of English Mount Saint Vincent University and author of Aldous Huxley: Novel