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Letter from Aldous Huxley to George Orwell over 1984

Wrightwood. Cal.

21 October, 1949



Dear Mr. Orwell,



It was very kind of you to tell your publishers to send me a copy of
your book. It arrived as I was in the midst of a piece of work that
required much
reading and consulting of references; and since poor sight makes it
necessary for me to ration my reading, I had to wait a long time before
being able
to embark on Nineteen Eighty-Four.



Agreeing with all that the critics have written of it, I need not tell
you, yet once more, how fine and how profoundly important the book is.
May I
speak instead of the thing with which the book deals the ultimate
revolution? The first hints of a philosophy of the ultimate revolution —
the
revolution which lies beyond politics and economics, and which aims at
total subversion of the individual's psychology and physiology — are to
be
found in the Marquis de Sade, who regarded
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Added: Mar-9-2012 Occurred On: Oct-21-1949
By: fishbulb77
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Tags: Orwell, Huxley, scifi, sci-fi.ww3, shtf, war, future, science fiction.science
Location: England, United Kingdom (UK/GB) (load item map)
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  • I believe they are both correct.

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    • @fishbulb77 Agreed. I think our current pathology is a type of hybrid of both dystopian projections. On one hand, Brave New World reflects in major part our love for trivial comforts and entertainments, which disable us from pursuing more meaningful goals. And on the other hand, '1984' shows many of the subversive techniques in manipulating people through lies and threats of illegality and punishment of various types. Important information is withheld or mangled into something of an abomination More..

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  • Awesome post is awesome. Thank you!

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  • brilliant, thanks!

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  • Great upload, and of course bang on the money with Huxley

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  • nice to see we are all experiment rats without knowing it...

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  • True.

    "The times they are a changin'."

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  • Very interesting post.

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