05 February 2013

Quotable Powell #103

It's almost impossible to imagine ... One of his closest friends, the novelist Anthony Powell, suggested in his journals that Orwell's politics would have drifted rightwards. He would have been anti-CND, in favour of the Falklands war, disapproved of the miners' strikes. Powell was a high Tory right winger, but he was very close to Orwell and so those possibilities of what he would have been like had he lived on shouldn't be dismissed.

DJ Taylor (Orwell's biographer, novelist & critic), quoted in
Guardian, 24 January 2013
Contributed by Simon Fluendy