Aldous Huxley regularly visited Beckley Park and Amanda Feilding’s family, walking over the fields from Oxford and famously taking inspiration from the house for fictional manor Crome in his first novel Crome Yellow, published in 1921.
An account of his famous experience with mescaline in 1953 was published the next year in The Doors of Perception, and a later essay inspired by the experience was published in 1956 as Heaven and Hell.
As a staunch advocate of the benefits of psychedelics, his works frequently included use of fictionalised psychedelics such as soma in Brave New World (1932) and moksha in Island (1962). In these novels, Huxley explored the integration of psychedelics into future societies, and their potentially dystopian or utopian consequences.
Huxley died of laryngeal cancer on 22nd November 1963. His final request, written on a piece of paper, was that his wife Laura inject him with "LSD, 100 µg, intramuscular".
In honour of a welcome guest at Beckley Park, and an eloquent supporter of the psychedelic movement, we've chosen a selection of our favourite Huxley works for you to enjoy.