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Toedancer

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Orwell
« on: March 09, 2009, 11:14:07 AM »
Oo-la-la, Orwell's love triangle letters up for auction

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"I cannot remember when I have enjoyed any expeditions so much as I did those with you," he writes.

"Especially that day in the wood along Blythburgh Lodge – you remember, where the deep beds of moss were. I shall always remember that, & your nice white body in the dark green moss ...".

Oh My....
"Democracy is not the law of the majority, it's the protection of the minority." -Albert Camus 1913-1960

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Re: Orwell
« Reply #1 on: March 09, 2009, 11:37:48 AM »
It sounds as though there is some good literary background in those letters, so making them public is a very good thing, although I don't know that auctioning them is.

I really wish that people who have treasure troves like this would get them valued properly and then offer them to a major archive, for which they would get serious tax credit. But these letters should stay public, and presumably should appear in order in any new edition of Orwell letters (have to check on what's around already). I don't know whether a private buyer is going to agree to that in the way that good archives would.

I've worked on a few sets of selected/collected letters, one very closely, and I tells ya, it is often hell for the editor to deal with a dozen or so different owners, some of whom have to be courted absurdly, a few of whom never come through. This is no way to treat lidderchur, peeps.

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Re: Orwell
« Reply #2 on: March 09, 2009, 11:48:19 AM »
Aww man I didn't know any of that.  :mad:
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Re: Orwell
« Reply #3 on: March 09, 2009, 12:15:17 PM »
Well, we don't know yet. Maybe Oxford or Cambridge will make a good bid, or the UK gov, or just someone with a sense of public duty.

But private collectors are often, um, what's the word I'm looking for ...   ;)

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Re: Orwell
« Reply #4 on: March 09, 2009, 05:47:24 PM »
Orwell's political and domestic diaries from 1938-42 are being blogged on a day-by-day basis 70 years to the day after they were written. I've been following intermittently - a lot of fairly mundane observations, but there's probably some interesting stuff in there.

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Re: Orwell
« Reply #5 on: March 09, 2009, 06:12:34 PM »
Speaking about Dickens he says - the face of a man who is generously angry — in other words, of a nineteenth-century liberal, a free intelligence, a type hated with equal hatred by all the smelly little orthodoxies which are now contending for our souls.’

I'm really looking forward to reading the entire thing, especially the flower/bird observations, thanks Z!
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Re: Orwell
« Reply #6 on: March 09, 2009, 06:16:53 PM »
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all the smelly little orthodoxies which are now contending for our souls

Thanks, Toe -- that is a famous Orwell quote, but I'd never known before where it came from.

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Re: Orwell
« Reply #7 on: March 10, 2009, 11:36:28 AM »
nice, this is awesome, i agree with putting them into an archive im not sure how selling them for auction will help, unless archives shop at auctions.
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Re: Orwell
« Reply #8 on: March 10, 2009, 12:09:35 PM »
They do, drew, but they often can't match the bids of private collectors. There must be at least one major Orwell depository -- I should have a look.

ETA: University College London seems to be where Orwell's widow left all the papers she had. I suspect that other institutions would have things as well.

 

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