Birth of his brother Trevenen.
Birth of Aldous Leonard Huxley on 26th July; son of Leonard and Julia Huxley (Arnold).
Death of Thomas Henry Huxley, Aldous Huxley’s grandfather.
Huxley at Hillside Preparatory School (until June 1908).
Enrols in Balliol College, Oxford.
Huxley is invited to Lady Ottoline Morrell’s salon at Garsington where he meets D.H Lawrence and his future wife, Marie Nys; publishes first poems in Oxford Poetry.
He is officially unfit for service in the First World War. The Burning Wheel, his first volume of poetry is published. He teaches briefly at Eton. Eric Arthur Blair (George Orwell) is one of his first pupils; Huxley proposes to Marie Nys, a Belgian war refugee.
Jonah, Christmas card, December; Huxley does social service at Garsington Manor, where he meets several notable people from the Bloomsbury Group, such as Bertrand Russell, Clive Bell, Katherine Mansfield, T.S Elliot, Viriginia Woolf, Siegfried Sassoon, and Robert Graves.
Huxley is employed by the Air Board and publishes his first volume of poetry, The Defeat of Youth.
He marries Maria Nys and works for The Anthenaeum, run by John Middleton Murry.
Birth of his only child Matthew Huxley; Limbo, first collection of short fiction; Leda, poetry.
Crome Yellow, first novel, written in Forte dei Marmi in Italy.
Mortal Coils, short stories.
Antic Hay, novel; On the Margin, essays.
Little Mexican, short stories. The Discovery (adaptation of a play by Sheridan).
Those Barren Leaves, novel; Along the Road, travel book. Huxley embarks on a world trip to India, Southeast Asia, and the USA.
Two or Three Graces, short stories; Essays New and Old; Jesting Pilate, travel book.
Proper Studies, essays.
Point Counter Point, novel.
Moves to Sanary-sur-Mer, France. Arabia Infelix, poetry. Do What You Will, essays.
Brief Candles, short stories. Vulgarity in Literature, essay; death of D.H Lawrence, one of Huxley’s closest friends.
He writes his most famous work Brave New World within four months. The Cicadas, poetry; Music at Night, essays; The World of Light, play.
Brave New World, novel; Texts and Pretexts, anthology; Now More Than Ever, play; The letters of D.H. Lawrence, edited by Huxley; Huxley embarks on a world trip to the West Indies and South America.
Beyond the Mexique Bay, travel book; Huxley endures a physical and mental crisis.
Undergoes therapy with F.H Alexander; joins the Peace Pledge Union led by Dick Sheppard.
Eyeless in Gaza, novel; The Olive Tree, essays; several pacifist essays and pamphlets.
Moves to the United States of America and lives in Hollywood, Los Angeles with his wife and son; lecture tour with Gerald Heard; Ends and Means, essays.
Huxley becomes a screenwriter for the Hollywood movie industry; works on a film script about Marie Curie.
After Many a Summer, novel.
Pride and Prejudice, screenplay. Lives in Llano, California desert country.
Grey Eminence, fictional biography.
The Art of Seeing, a book on the Bates Method; Jane Eyre, screenplay.
Introduction to the Bhagavad Gita: The Song of God, translated by Swami Prabhavanada and Christopher Isherwood; Time Must Have a Stop, novel.
The Perennial Philosophy, anthology; Science, Liberty and Peace, essay.
Ape and Essence, novel; A Woman’s Vengeance, screenplay.
Huxley writes to George Orwell complimenting him on his novel Nineteen Eighty-Four. The Huxleys move to Los Angeles.
Themes and Variations, essays.
The Devils of Loudun, fictional biography.
The psychiatrist Humphry Osmond introduces Huxley to mescaline.
The Doors of Perception. Jim Morrison of the famous Rock-band, The Doors, named the band after Huxley’s title – a quote from William Blake.
Huxley takes his first dose of the psychedelic drug LSD on Christmas Eve. His first wife Maria dies of breast cancer. The Genius and the Goddess, novel.
He marries his second wife Laura Archera, a writer, psychologist and concert violinist. Heaven and Hell essay; Adonis and the Alphabet, essays.
Brave New World Revisited, essays, which discuss problems such as overpopulation and the likelihood of Brave New World becoming a reality.
Santa Barbara lectures on The Human Situation.
Huxley is diagnosed with laryngeal cancer.
Huxley’s house with his complete library burns down in a bushfire.
Lectures on Human Potentialities at the Esalen Institute; lecturer at Berkeley.
Island, his last novel.
Literature and Science, essay; on his deathbed he writes a note to Laura to administer LSD. He dies about one hour before the assassination of President John F Kennedy. (C.S. Lewis also dies on the same day).
The Beatles release the critically acclaimed feature length movie and album, Help! The actual song, Help, even contains the lyric: “I’ve changed my mind, I’ve opened up the doors.” It has been suggested this was in fact a homage to the late Huxley. In fact, if you look carefully, Aldous Huxley’s portrait can also be seen the cover of their legendary 1966 album, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. This just goes to show how much his influence resonated throughout music and cultural movements.
Laura, his second wife, writes This Timeless Moment, a biography of Aldous Huxley.