Black Square XVI. George Orwell’s Animal Farm was rejected by Knopf Publishing Company on September 18, 1945. The manuscript was described as a “[s]tupid and pointless fable in which the animals take over a farm and run it, and their society takes about the course of the Soviet Union as seen by Westbrook Pegler. It all goes to show that a parallel carried out to the last detail is boring and obvious. Even Pegler gets off a few smart lines now and then but this is damn dull. Very very NFK.”, 2006

Archival inkjet print, edition of 5 + 2AP
31.75 x 31.75 inches
80.64 x 80.64 cm
© Taryn Simon. Courtesy Gagosian.
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