Animal Farm by George Orwell ; illustrated by Joy Batchelor and John Halas
New York : Harcourt, Brace & World, 1954. Book club edition. Hardcover. 155 pages ; 21 cm. In original dust jacket with lightly foxed page edges and the front and rear endpapers. No markings within this book. Binding is firm.
This new edition of Animal Farm, which has become a classic of our time, has been illustrated by John Halas and Joy Batchelor, creators of the motion picture based on the book and produced by Louis de Rochemont Associates.
When Animal Farm first appeared in 1946, it was a selection of the Book-of-the Month Club, and Harry Scherman, President of the Club, made a personal statement to subscribers urging them not to miss it. He wrote: "Every now and then through history, some inspired individual has spoken out for the people of a troubled era, and clarified their thinking by doing so. Just so does this little gem of an allegory express, perfectly, the inner but inarticulate philosophy of tens of millions of free men in our present anxious world.
Wherever . . . in the world men are free to read what they want, this book and its influence will spread." And Christopher Morley, writing in the Book-of-the Month Club News, said: "George Orwell presents a parable that may rank as one of the great political satires of our anxious time."
Arthur M. Schlesinger, reviewing Animal Farm in the New York Times Book Review, hailed it as "a wise, compassionate and illuminating fable for our times. . . . The steadiness and lucidity of Orwell's merciless wit are reminiscent of Anatole France and even of Swift."
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