1984

Orwell´s first book, Down and Out in Paris and London, and several thereafter suffered from "in-house censorship". His last underwent the same fate in at least one of its many editions and translations. A Spanish version for publication in Argentina was the subject of the very last surviving letter to Orwell from his agent, Leonard Moore, dated 22 November 1949, two months before his death. Moore told Orwell that the Argentine publishers wanted cuts made of some 140 lines because "the Spanish language is cruder than the English" and the authorities might be induced to ban Nineteen Eighty Four "on some quite irrelevant point of morality". That would mean the loss of a book the basic philosophy of wich was "aimed directly against some of the most powerful movements of our time". Among passages causing particular concern in Argentina were page 70, lines 3-23 and much of pages 131-3.

PETER DAVIDSON
Albany, London

GEORGE ORWELL
Nineteen Eighty-Four
Published in Penguin Books with an Introduction and a New Note on the Text 1989.
Reprinted in this edition 1990.
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