Wednesday, 7 March 2012

LETTERS OF NOTE: Orwell and Huxley

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To whet your appetite for my new films reviews (which will be along very soon), here's another fascinating entry from Letters of Note.

Today's entry is a letter of thanks and congratulation written by author Aldous Huxley to George Orwell after the publication of the latter's masterpiece, Nineteen Eighty-Four. Huxley begins by congratulating Orwell, only to politely argue the corner for his own dystopian novel, Brave New World (which, for my money, is the greatest novel of the 20th century).


Both works have proved hugely influential on cinematic science fiction, and Michael Radford's adaptation of 1984 (featuring Richard Burton's final performance) is still very underrated. If you've not read Brave New World, you need to - or, for a comparison between the two works, check out Neil Postman's intriguing study Amusing Ourselves to Death.

More film stuff soon, I promise.

Daniel

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