Aldous Huxley (1894-1963) was an English novelist, short stories writer, poet, essayist and critic. He is best known for his dystopian novel "Brave New World" (1931), but also with his essays "The Doors of Perception" (1954) and "Heaven and Hell" (1956) /the titles come from William Blake's "The Marriage of Heaven and Hell"/. In these essays Huxley described his psychedelic experiences under the influence of drugs (mescaline, lysergic asid). Both the essays became cult texts in the psychedelic 1960s.
From 1937 until his death in 1963, Huxley lived in the United States.