26 August 2009

Keratitus Punctata | Aldous Huxley by Cecil Beaton

In 1911, Aldous Huxley suffered from an optical illness, keratitis punctata, which left him practically blind for two to three years. Huxley's near-blindness disqualified him from service in World War I. Once his eyesight recovered sufficiently, he was able to study English literature at Balliol College, Oxford and graduated in 1916 with first class honours.

Perhaps it's good for one to suffer. Can an artist do anything if he's happy? Would he ever want to do anything? What is art, after all, but a protest against the horrible inclemency of life?

-Aldous Huxley