Mortal Coils by Aldous Huxley

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Mortal Coils is a collection of five short stories, including perhaps his best known, The Gioconda Smile, representing Huxley's early work, written in 1922. ("Mortal Coils" is an old phrase, found in Shakespeare, referring to the body and its entaglements, which is cast off at death.) Huxley later went on to be a Hollywood screenwriter; Permutations Among the Nightingales is one of his earliest works in the form of a script for a play.

Also included: Permutations Among the Nightingales, The Tillotson Banquet, Green Tunnels, and Nuns at Luncheon.

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About Aldous Huxley

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Aldous Huxley was born on July 26, 1894, in Surrey, England, into a distinguished scientific and literary family; his grandfather was the noted scientist and writer, T.H. Huxley. Following an eye illness at age 16 that resulted in near-blindness, Huxley abandoned hope of a career in medicine and turned instead to literature, attending Oxford University and graduating with honors. While at Oxford, he published two volumes of poetry. Crome Yellow, his first novel, was published in 1927 followed by Antic Hay, Those Barren Leaves, and Point Counter Point. His most famous novel, Brave New World, published in 1932, is a science fiction classic about a futuristic society controlled by technology. In all, Huxley produced 47 works during his long career, In 1947, Huxley moved with his family to southern California. During the 1950s, he experimented with mescaline and LSD. Doors of Perception and Heaven and Hell, both works of nonfiction, were based on his experiences while taking mescaline under supervision. In 1959, Aldous Huxley received the Award of Merit for the Novel from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He died on November 22, 1963.
 
Published February 22, 2008 by BLTC Press. 114 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, History, Education & Reference, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Self Help. Fiction

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