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Animal Farm
New York: Harcourt Brace, 1946. Original wrappers with stamp. Fine. Cloth case.FIRST AMERICAN EDITION. The American edition omits the sub-title "A Fairy Story." This is an advance review copy with the ink stamp on the upper cover: "Review copy publication date Aug 26 1946 Price $175." The front cover bears the quotation "All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others," presumably to call it to the attention of reviewers. The ploy worked, and the phrase has become Orwell's most quoted line.This is the most famous political satire of the 20th century. "Animal Farm, which owes something to Swift and Defoe, is [Orwell's] masterpiece" (Connolly 93)In his essay "Why I Write," Orwell wrote that Animal Farm was the first book in which he attempted consciously "to fuse political purpose and artistic purpose into one whole." The allegorical novel critiques the events leading up to the 1917 Revolution and the Stalinist era. In the preface of a 1947 Ukrainian edition of Animal Farm, he explained how escaping the communist purges in Spain in the 1930s taught him "how easily totalitarian propaganda can control the opinion of enlightened people in democratic countries."Orwell wrote Animal Farm between November 1943 and February 1944, but he had difficulty securing a publisher because of the wartime alliance with the USSR. With the end of the war it became clear that the Soviet Union would be the principal adversary of the West, and Orwell convinced Secker and Warburg to publish the book. The book remained on the forbidden list in the USSR until 1989.Orwell wrote in … [Click Below for Full Description]
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