Alan Fortunoff Collection, sale Bloomsbury Auctions, 4 June 2004, lot 441
Fenwick A.8a ("several copies destroyed in an air raid")
A RARE COPY IN JACKET. Orwell explained his thinking behind the book in a letter to his publisher in January 1940: "What worries me at present is the uncertainty as to whether the ordinary people in countries like England grasp the difference between democracy and despotism well enough to want to defend their liberties. One can't tell until they see themselves menaced in some quite unmistakeable manner. The intellectuals who are at present pointing out that democracy and fascism are the same thing etc depress me horribly..." (quoted by Fenwick, p.89)
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