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"Animal Farm" 1945 novel

bold red cover of George Orwell's Animal Farm novel          synopsis & history

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“Man is the only creature that consumes without producing.”

“All men are enemies. All animals are comrades.”

“All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”

“Four legs good, two legs bad.”

— from "Animal Farm" by George Orwell


           Orwell's famed barnyard fable about revolution betrayed.

History of The Book
           Days after

"Animal Farm: A Fairy Story"
by George Orwell [1903-50]
published by Secker & Warburg in August 1945

  RED CHECK: listed on Time Magazine's All-TIME 100 Novels (10/2005)  GREEN CHECK: listed #14 on Goodread Readers Picks '100 Books To Read In A Lifetime'  GOLD STAR: listed on Business Insider's The 35 Books Everyone Should Read At Least Once In Their Lifetime, 9/2013  "Animal Farm" entry at Wikipedia

"Animal Farm: What Orwell Really Meant" [Dec 1946 letter] by George Orwell
reprinted as an essay in The New York Review of Books for July 2013

Animal Farm book   Kindle Edition from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt [7/2009] for $7.92
Signet Classics mass pb [4/96] for $8.99
Plume 8x5½ pb [5/2003] for $11.39
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 8¼x5&frav12 hardcover [11/90] for $12.39
Blackstone UNABR audio [4/2001] out of prodn/used
Penguin UNABR audio [6/96] out of prodn/used
cover of French-language edition of Orwell's Animal Farm   French-language editions
Assimil GmbH Folio mass pb [1/84] for $13.95
Gallimard Education pb [3/94] out of print/used
German-language editions
Diogenes Verlag AG mass pb [12/98] out of print/many used
Mentor Verlag GmbH 6¾x5 pb [6/2006] out of print/used
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Snowball’s Chance sequel novel by John Reed  "Snowball’s Chance: A Novel" [2002] by John Reed, Foreword by
Alexander Cockburn, Afterword by James Sherry

Very UN-authorized sequel to Orwell's 1945 classic; exiled pig Snowball returns to
The Farm and implements a 'new world order' of untrammeled capitalism

Kindle Edition from Melville House [8/2012] for $8.25
Melville House/Neversink Library 8x5 pb [8/2012] for $10.20
Roof Books 8x5¼ hardcover [11/2002] for $19.95

author  George  Orwell  [1903-50]
Eric Arthur Blair was born in British India in 1903; he adopted the pen name 'George Orwell' in 1933, and is most famous for the novels
"Animal Farm" [1945] and "Nineteen Eighty-Four" [1949]; Blair/Orwell died of tuberculosis in London, England in January 1950.

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Movies,  Plays,  Other Media

"Animal Farm" animated feature [U.K. 1954]
animated 1954 Animal Farm movie  80-minute British animated feature (Britain's first feature-length cartoon) co-written & co-directed by Joy Batchelor & John Halas; animal voices by Maurice Denham, narrated by Gordon Heath
DigiCom TV color DVD [8/2011] for $12.99
AspireForward all-region color DVD [8/2011] for $40.68 via Amazon third party
Home Vision color DVD [11/2004] out of prodn/many used
East West Ent. color DVD [undated] out of prodn/used
Home Vision color VHS [11/2004] out of prodn/used
United American Video color VHS [8/97] out of prodn/used
full credits from IMDb1954 film entry at Wikipedia

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"Animal Farm" musical stageplay [London 1984]
Staged at the National Theatre London on 25 April 1984, directed by Peter Hall; toured nine cities in 1985.

"Animal Farm" animated TV movie [Hallmark/T.N.T. Oct 1999]
animated 1999 Animal Farm TV movie  91-minute animated TV movie directed by John Stephenson; voices of Kelsey Grammer, Ian Holm, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Julia Ormond, Pete Postlethwaite, Paul Scofield, Patrick Stewart, Peter Ustinov
Hallmark color DVD [1/2000] for $$17.98
Hallmark color VHS [9/2000] for $9.98
full credits from IMDb1999 film entry at Wikipedia
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"Animal Farm" stageplay [USA 2009]
picture    "[A] shining example of what happens when someone (1) knows the material upside-down, inside-out, backwards and forwards, (2) has a genuine artistic vision, and (3) can make his concept come alive onstage in a way that will not merely thrill audiences, but make them want to run out and read the original text."
— George Heymont, 'My Cultural Landscape' weblog

Adapted by Jon Tracy; staged by Shotgun Players in Berkeley, California (Aug-Sept 2009) and at Laney College/Fusion Theater in Oakland, California (March 2013)
watch "The Making of The Farm" clip [0:42] online at Vimeo

"Animal Farm" animated feature [Imaginarium - in development?]  
Announced 10/2012: Multitalented Andy Serkis plans to direct a retelling of George Orwell’s allegorical novel "Animal Farm"
at his London-based performance-capture studio for release in 2013; bumped to 2015; as-of 4/2017, project seems to be on hold
(no longer listed on Serkin's IMDb credits) • latest info at IMDb

L i n k s
"Animal Farm" entry at Wikipedia

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