The Doors of Perception

The Doors of Perception

by Aldous Huxley

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Overview

The Doors of Perception is a book by Aldous Huxley. Published in 1954, it details his taking mescaline in May 1953. The book takes its title from a phrase in William Blake's 1793 poem The Marriage of Heaven and Hell. Huxley recalls the insights he experienced, which range from the "purely aesthetic" to "sacramental vision". He also incorporates later reflections on the experience and its meaning for art and religion. (Wikipedia)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783965370098
Publisher: Otbebookpublishing
Publication date: 03/04/2019
Series: Classics To Go
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 42
Sales rank: 189,520
File size: 434 KB

About the Author

Aldous Leonard Huxley (26 July 1894 – 22 November 1963) was an English writer and philosopher, a member of the Huxley family. The author of nearly fifty books, he wrote novels, such as Brave New World (1931), set in a dystopian future; nonfiction works, such as The Doors of Perception (1954), interpreting his psychedelic experience with mescaline; and wide-ranging essays. Huxley graduated from Balliol College, Oxford with an undergraduate degree in English literature. Early in his career, he published short stories and poetry and edited the literary magazine Oxford Poetry. He went on to publish travel writing, film stories, satire, and screenplays. He spent the latter part of his life in the United States, living in Los Angeles from 1937 until his death. Huxley was a humanist and pacifist. He became interested in spiritual subjects such as parapsychology and philosophical mysticism, and in particular universalism. By the end of his life, Huxley was widely acknowledged as one of the pre-eminent intellectuals of his time. He was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature seven times. In 1962, a year before he died, Huxley was elected Companion of Literature by the Royal Society of Literature. (Wikipedia)

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Doors of Perception 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
uh8myzen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Aldous Huxley will always be one of my favourite writers as he has a way of capturing my imagination in a unique way. I read Brave New World when I was about fourteen years old and was blown away. I have since reread it a few times, and each time I am equally amazed.I found this book in my dad's library when I was eighteen, and took to it immediately. I could not help but be swept up by Huxley's writing style, his intellectual examination of the drugs effects and the theories he applies to his observations. There is no doubt that his experiences had a profound effect on him as it did many other intellectuals and doctors of the time, and his arguments are profoundly compelling.As an aside, when I discussed the book with my father, I learned that he had worked with the psychiatrist Humphry Osmond at the Weyburn Mental Hospital in Saskatchewan during early experimentation with LSD. At the time, Dr. Osmond believed that the mescaline "trip" was similar to the early stages of schizophrenia and so was given research grants by the Saskatchewan government to conduct trials (not to be confused with the CIA funded experimentation of the same time that were conducted in Montreal). My father was a Doctor and he assisted in the research.Here's the interesting part and why my dad had a copy of the book. Dr. Osmond administered the mescaline to Aldous Huxley at the Weyburn Mental Hospital that he writes about in the book... my dad actually met one of my literary heros and had an incidental role in the writing of one of the most important books of the 20th century.Cool huh?
janemarieprice on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This small book is extraordinary. It made me see the world in a new way. Although the main plot is about drug use the idea that artists see the world in a different way and are able to express that through their medium is beautiful and true.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago