I often have occasion to quote Robert Graves, who said, “The remarkable thing about Shakespeare is that he really is very good, in spite of all the people who say he is very good.” I quote this in my music criticism, when discussing Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, for example, or Verdi’s Traviata.
I thought of it last week, when reading two blogposts that quoted George Orwell. They both appeared on the Telegraph’s website, and they appeared on the same day. I read them within five minutes of each other. The thing about Orwell? He really is very good.
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