George Orwell: The Critical Heritage

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Thus, gruesome prognostications, which are being made in our times by a whole army of venal writers on the orders and instigation of Wall Street, are real attacks against the people of the world….

But the people are not frightened by any such fears of the instigators of a new war. The people’s conscience is clearer today than ever before. The foul maneuvers of mankind’s enemies become more clearly understandable every day to millions of common people.

The living forces of peace are uniting ever more firmly into an organized front in defense of peace, freedom and life. They are the only hope man has for the salvation of culture. Led by the Soviet Union, these forces are mighty and indomitable. They will assure mankind happiness and prosperity despite the monstrous intrigues of the imperialists, the instigators of war.


Herbert Read, World Review

June 1950, pp. 58-9

Sir Herbert Read (1893-1968), poet and art critic; broadcast at BBC with Orwell; author of Naked Warriors (1919), English Prose Style (1928) and The Contrary Experience (1963).

Orwell’s last work will undoubtedly rank as his greatest, though I suspect that Animal Farm will end by being the most popular, if only because it can be read as a fairy-tale by children. But 1984 has a far greater range of satirical force, and a grimness of power which could perhaps come only from the mind of a sick man. As literature, it has certain limitations. Satire, as Swift realised, becomes monotonous if carried too far in the same vein, and he therefore sent Gulliver to several different countries where human folly took on distinct guises. Though both writers have in common a savagery of indignation, the comparison of their work cannot be carried very far. Fundamental to


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