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Orwell and Segregation – “Why Orwell Matters” – Christopher Hitchens

July 1st, 2011 · No Comments · Culture, USA

As the curtain was descending, his mind almost changed. Philip Rahv wrote to him from Partisan Review, urging him to come and visit his many American admirers. Acutely aware of the state of Orwell’s health, he added that there were many ideal climates in the United States, well-suited to his tubercular condition. For a brief time, Orwell contemplated spending some time in the South, and writing a series of reports about everyday life in Dixie. But in the end, he was too weak to venture on any such voyage. It’s impossible to contemplate the unrealized project of Orwell on the Mississippi without a piercing sense of loss.

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