Tuesday, April 7, 2009

T.S. Eliot rejected Animal Farm

For the right reason -- that it is a funamentally communist story.

Eliot, you must remember identified as a "royalist in politics". This was no slouch of a position. There was no dissolved Parliament in the 1930s.

Eliot was making a very charged political statement. Indeed his trilogy of "classicist in literature, royalist in politics, Anglo-Catholic in religion" was shocking and packed with meaning -- like most everything he wrote. In a time of increased chaotic modernism, Eliot embraced order, order, and order with a heaping dose of authority. And then produced his masterwork -- the Four Quartets.

A lesson to all of those writers floundering around in relativistic agony?

1 comment:

Kirby Olson said...

But Animal Farm was at least an attack on the communist order, even if it didn't offer an alternative vision, except perhaps an electoral socialism.