Apr 03, 2009, 05:49AM

From one genius to the next

Sometimes even the smartest of literati can't recognize the next big thing. Just ask T.S. Eliot about Animal Farm.


It is regularly voted one of the best books of all time, a timeless piece of satire which has never gone out of print in the 64 years since it was first published. But when George Orwell sent Animal Farm to TS Eliot for consideration, the poet - then a director of Faber and Faber - rejected it as "unconvincing".


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