Don't remember the name of a very old and short SF novel that was probably one of the very initial sources of inspiration for The Matrix.
It describes a person owning a couple of boxes within which some other persons were held captive without knowing this and used to live a false neurostimulation life, similar to that described in "The Matrix" movie, to create the illusion of a real life.
The book describes the apparent life of some of these people living inside those boxes who didn't have the faintest idea about being captive in static boxes. I cannot remember more as I read this book during childhood, but I'm absolutely sure this book exists.
It is important as it could be the real inspiration source of The Matrix movie.