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Typed letter signed ("George").
Barnhill, Isle of Jura, Argyllshire, 23 October 1947 - 4to. 1 p. Printed letter-heading To the novelist Anthony Powell ("Dear Tony"), declining to review a Gissing book [for the Times Literary Supplement]: "I'd love to do it but I'm really afraid I must say no. The thing is I'm not only struggling with this book of mine but shall also be pretty busy while in London", among other "time-wasting things to do" having to write a long article; he concludes: "Winter is setting in here, rather dark and gloomy. Already we light the lamps at about half past five. However we've got a lot more coal here than we should have in London, and this house is a lot more weather proof than my flat, where the water was coming through the roof in twelve places last winter". In fine, fresh condition. - Powell was at this time Fiction Editor of the TLS and had asked him to review a new edition of A Life's Morning by George Gissing, an author Orwell greatly admired and a major influence. Orwell was in fact to write his well-known essay on Gissing, by way of a review of two other reissues, the following year. There is, in D.J. Taylor's words, 'an eeriness about the Gissing fixation that coloured the last years of Orwell's life' (p. 339). Orwell had been born in 1905, the year Gissing died; both men dying at the same age and of lung disease: Orwell describing Gissing's novels as having been 'sweated out of him during his struggle towards a leisure which he never enjoyed'. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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