At the peak of his fame, F. Scott Fitzgerald penned this opinion piece for a popular U.S. magazine:
"For one thing, I do not like old people - They are always talking about their "experience," and very few of them have any! - But it is the old folks that run the world; so they try to hide the fact that only young people are attractive or important."
"No one perhaps has done as much as the British writer who calls himself George Orwell to persuade former fellow-travelers that their ways lie in some direction other than the Stalinist party line."
So begin the first two paragraphs of this book review that are devoted to the anti-totalitarian elements that animated the creative side of the writer George Orwell (born Eric Arthur Blair: 1903 – 1950). The novel that is reviewed herein, "Coming Up for Air", was originally published in 1939 and was reviewed by PATHFINDER MAGAZINE to mark the occasion of the book's first American printing in 1950.
The 1913 book review of The Inside of the Cup by Winston Churchill (the other one) was so fraught with questions concerning the revolt of the Suffragettes and their disillusion with Christianity that the review was printed on the "Religion Page" of THE LITERARY DIGEST.
A favorable review of Evelyn Waugh's (1903 – 1966) triumph Brideshead Revisited
"Looking up momentarily from our crystal ball, we predict that 'Brideshead Revisited' will set sales records and arouse more comment - critical and otherwise - than any book in many a day."
Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel: 1904 – 1991) was all of 33 years of age when this one page piece of fiction appeared in THE STAGE MAGAZINE; that same year his first book went to press, And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street.
The article is illustrated by one of his delightful drawings that future generations would come to know so well.