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Like all the sons of his family, Huxley attended Eton, a prestigious preparatory school, and Balliol  College, Oxford. His education, then, represented a privileged road to power for wealthy and well- born British men who sometimes displayed real brilliance. Huxley was among the best of them,  certainly. Poor sight caused by the eye disease prevented his pursuit of his first career choice,  medicine, but he threw himself into study of literature, reading with the help of a magnifying glass. In  1915, Huxley took a First (highest honors) in English Literature. A less formal, but nonetheless important part of Huxley's education was his regular attendance at  Lady Ottoline Morrell's get-togethers, which provided many literary, artistic, and political reformers  and experimenters the chance to meet and talk. Here Huxley met novelist Virginia Woolf, economist 
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