Author: Aldous Leonard Huxley
Dates: 26 July 1894 – 22 November 1963
Title of Book: Island
The name seemed to open a window inside his head. Suddenly, with that horribly familiar sense of guilt at the pit of his stomach, he smelt formaldehyde, he saw the small brisk nurse hurrying ahead of him along the green corridor, heard the dry creaking of her starched clothes. “Number fifty-five,” she was saying, and then halted, opened a white door. He entered and there, on a high white bed, was Molly. Molly with bandages covering half her face and the mouth hanging cavernously open. “Molly,” he had called, “Molly …”. His voice had broken, and he was crying, was imploring now, “My darling, my darling …”. And then suddenly the hand he was holding came to life for a moment. Then it was still again.
“It’s me,” he said, “it’s Will.”
Once more the fingers stirred. Slowly, with what was evidently an enormous effort, they closed themselves over his own, pressed them for a moment and then relaxed again into lifelessness.
Brief Biography: Huxley was a writer. He is best known for his novels Brave New World and The Doors of Perception. Huxley was also an editor for Oxford Poetry, a magazine for poetry and short stories.