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How the World Works
Noam Chomsky
The English Auden: Poems, Essays and Dramatic Writings, 1927-1939
W.H. Auden
Auden Generation: Literature and Politics in England in the 1930's
Samuel Hynes
Collected Poems
W.H. Auden

Animal Farm

Animal Farm - George Orwell Worth re-reading at a time when its messages could not be much more topical.

From Appendix 1: Orwell's proposed preface to the first edition (not printed then)

"Tolerance and decency are deeply rooted in England, but they are not indestructible and they have to be kept alive partly by conscious effort."

"For all I know, by the time this book is published my view of the Soviet regime may be the generally accepted one. But what use would that be in itself? To exchange one orthodoxy for another is not necessarily an advance. The enemy is the gramophone mind, whether or not one agrees with the record that is being played at the moment."