TIME’s Original Review of Nineteen Eighty-Four

by Rachel Baker on June 8, 2015

Every once in a while, I run across a link to an original review of a classic from around the time it was published. I love these because I like to see how the collective world view of the time period served as a backdrop to how the critique was written, or if it mattered at all.

In this case, the review is for the 1949 publication of Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell. There’s a link at the end of the article to the full review in the TIME vault.

Enjoy:Read TIME’s Original Review of Nineteen Eighty-Four

George Orwell was already an established literary star when his masterwork Nineteen Eighty-Four was published on this day in 1949, but that didn’t stop TIME’s reviewer from being pleasantly surprised by the book. After all, even the expectation that a book would be good doesn’t mean one can’t be impressed when it turns out to be, as TIME put it, “absolutely super.”

One of the reasons, the review suggested, was Orwell’s bet that his fictional dystopia would not actually seem so foreign to contemporary readers. They would easily recognize many elements of the fictional world that TIME summed up as such:

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