“Savagely Ironical Allegory”
15. ORWELL, George.
Animal Farm: A Fairy Story.
London, 1945. Slim
octavo, original green cloth, dust jacket.
First edition, first printing, of Orwell’s “savagely ironical allegory” (Clute
& Grant) on the gap between radical ideals and reality, his most famous
and widely read work. In 1945, Animal Farm came as a welcome cau-
tionary tale in nations that had been destroyed by authoritarian regimes;
it was considerably less welcome in the East where the Iron Curtain was
just beginning to fall.
While the CIA funded its distribution in various
forms worldwide, the Soviets banned it for its allegorical attack on their
leaders and values.
which owes something to Swift and Defoe, is [Orwell’s]
masterpiece” (Connolly 93). Book fine, unrestored dust jacket about-
fine. Most rare in such lovely condition.
“All animals are equal,
but some animals are more
equal than others.”