Review of Animal Farm by Kingsley Martin, from the New Statesman and Nation


Kingsley Martin, editor in chief of the New Statesman and Nation, wrote this review of George Orwell’s Animal Farm in 1945. Martin, who remained sympathetic to the Soviet Union, labelled the work as ‘historically false and neglectful of the complex truth about Russia’. He also criticised Orwell’s pessimistic vision: ‘If he remains only a critic and fails to turn his talent to the search for a practical remedy for a specific evil, he is likely, in time, to decide that all the world is evil and that human nature is itself incorrigible’.

Orwell had contributed articles to the New Statesman from 1932. The conflict between Kingsley Martin and George Orwell began in 1937, when Martin refused to publish Orwell’s reports of his time volunteering in Spain during the Civil War, which were very critical of communism. While he was able to publish his articles in other periodicals, Orwell famously never forgave Martin for his decision.

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'Soviet Satire'
September 1945
Statesman and National Publishing
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New Statesman and Nation, Kingsley Martin
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