‘All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.’
#OnThisDaystates a today's tweet by Penguin Books UK
I thought to write a blogpost on this and what more can be a fitting tribute than to read and write about a book on the day of its publication. It is well known that ANIMAL FARM is a novella written by Eric Arthur Blair with his pen name George Orwell in 1943 when he started a new work and it turned out be Animal Farm. By April 1944 Animal Farm was ready for publication. Gollancz refused to publish it, considering it an attack on the Soviet regime which was a crucial ally in the war. A similar fate was met from other publishers until Jonathan Cape agreed to take it later Cape also rejected confirms an authentic source. Finally Secker & Warburg had agreed to publish ANIMAL FARM, planned for the following March, although it did not appear in print until August 1945. That's how the book got published on this day after so many rejections.
Eric Arthur Blair was born in Motihari, Bihar in the then British India . The bungalow was made into a museum and opened for public in May 2015. His work which took a long time to see the light of the day was later made a part of the school literature curriculum in UK. A poll conducted in the UK in 2016 saw Animal Farm ranked the nation's favourite book from school.
George Orwell himself described his work ANIMAL FARM as a satirical tale against Stalin and it was the first book in which he tried, with full consciousness of what he was doing, " to fuse political purpose and artistic purpose into one whole ."