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Monday, March 30, 2009

"What was needed was more public-spirited pigs"

Poet T.S. Eliot, during his tenure as an editor at Faber & Faber, rejected George Orwell's novel Animal Farm. The rejection letter has recently been released by his estate along with other papers from Eliot's collection. Eliot said this of Orwell's classic novel:

“We have no conviction that this is the right point of view from which to criticise the political situation at the current time,” wrote Eliot, adding that he thought its “view, which I take to be generally Trotskyite, is not convincing”.

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.”

(ht: Ann Althouse)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

LOL good thing he wrote poetry and was not a pundit LOL.
What was needed was more Obamas LOL, lets see how his view holds out in America LOL.