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

July 2nd, 2011 · No Comments · Criticism

The final American reference I can find is in a letter to Astor very near the end, in July 1949, in which Orwell asks: ‘Have you read “The Naked and The Dead”? It’s awfully good, the best war book of the last war yet.’ Here is another brief frustrating glimpse of a potentially fruitful engagement that never quite matured.

I heartily agree with Orwell on this front…

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