Author Aldous Huxley, best known for the utopian novel Brave New World (1932), was born today in Surrey in 1894, the great-nephew of Matthew Arnold. He also made a few contributions to mysterydom: the short stories "A Deal in Old Masters" (The Strand, Feb. 1923; repr. Detective Stories from the Strand, ed. Jack Adrian, New York: Oxford UP, 1991) and "The Gioconda Smile" (English Review, Aug. 1921; later adapted as a play starring Basil Rathbone, adapted for TV several times; and selected as one of the 12 best detective short stories of all time). He died the same day as JFK's assassination: November 22, 1963.