Thursday, July 10, 2014

T.S. Eliot rejecting Orwel's Animal Farm

Eliot worked for Faber and Faber at the time. He rejected the book, indicating that he thought Orwell's satire was off. He expressed it in this mind-boggling way:
"After all, your pigs are far more intelligent than the other animals, and therefore are the best qualified to run the farm -- in fact there couldn't have been an Animal Farm without them: so that what was needed (someone might argue) was not more communism but more public-spirited pigs." 
Is he defending Stalin here? And wouldn't a more "public-spirited" pig be a communist pig? Not sure I get it, but I'm not as smart as all that anyway.

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