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Monday, March 30, 2009

Animal Farm: Unconvincing Trotskyite Politics

Who said that? "Unconvincing Trotskyite Politics." Who rejected George Orwell's Animal Farm for publication by Faber and Faber? He was then director of that venerable British publisher and perhaps the best poet of the 20th century (says the article writer, Richard Brooks, Arts Editor of UK Times Online)...::drum roll::...and more anticipatory delay: T S Elliot. At issue was the timing of the novel with respect to the tenuous WWII alliance between Britain and the Soviet Union.

Eliot wrote: “After all, your pigs are far more intelligent than the other animals, and therefore the best qualified to run the farm – in fact there couldn’t have been an Animal Farm at all without them: so that what was needed (someone might argue) was not more communism but more public-spirited pigs.”

The article is actually about T S Eliot on the occasion of the release of his private letters by his widow, Valerie, the subject of a BBC documentary.

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