While we observe the 50th anniversary of JFK's assassination today, it's worthwhile to remember two other important figures who died on the exact same day: November 22, 1963. Both were quietly mourned at the time, understandably under the circumstances, and both remain popular and relevant to this day.
British author Aldous Huxley is best known for Brave New World, which was published over 80 years ago and is one of the most controversial and thought-provoking novels ever. Brave New World began as a parody of H.G. Wells' optimistic writing; instead of adapting a rose-colored view of the future, Huxley saw it as a "negative utopia." His book has been banned, reviled, celebrated, and praised, and is routinely listed among the top novels of all time.
His colleague C.S. Lewis is remembered for his Narnia series for children, theological essays and books, science fiction novels, and poetry. The Narnia books have been adapted for radio, television, and film numerous times and are perennial family favorites, and Lewis' writing for adults is as relevant as ever in our changed and changing world. A new biography, A Life Observed, tells his story in depth and includes a foreword by his stepson.
On a day of national sadness, we remember the lives of John F. Kennedy, Aldous Huxley, and C.S. Lewis.