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    ORWELL, GEORGE. Nineteen Eighty-Four/ The Facsimile of the Extant Manuscript. 1 of 55 copies full morocco bound and boxed by Gray Parrot. Introduction by Peter Davidson.  Preface by Daniel G. Siegel. ISBN 087730-015-1. Weston, Mass: M & S Press, 1984. Sm. folio. 406 pp. $650.00

     

    George Orwell was not a keeper of manuscript drafts, and this manuscript, consisting of nearly one-half of the text of the final published book, is the only major Orwell holograph manuscript to survive.? The thousands of handwritten ink corrections and dozens of holograph pages are faithful in size and color to the original.? Peter Davison's masterful transcript on facing pages allows a line-for-line reference to the original blue colored text.? Davison carefully lays the foundation for new critical assessments of Orwell's methods of composition and last painful years of work.? The manuscript is now owned by the John Hay Library at Brown University, where it is annually exhibited.

 

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