John Rodden

About John Rodden

John Rodden has taught at the University of Virginia and the University of Texas at Austin. He has published seventeen books, including George Orwell: The Politics of Literary Reputation.

How George Orwell Helped Cause the Cold War

By |2019-01-07T13:56:50-06:00November 26th, 2016|Categories: Cold War, Featured, George Orwell, History, Literature, Politics|

Following the publication of George Orwell’s Animal Farm, the American public suddenly discovered that the Russians had utterly divergent geopolitical interests from Americans… Animal Farm’s positive reception in Great Britain was far exceeded by its smashing success in the United States. The initial American reaction to Orwell’s fable came in the form of a [...]

“Animal Farm”: Seventy Years Later

By |2016-12-22T06:58:52-06:00November 19th, 2016|Categories: Cold War, Featured, George Orwell, History, Politics|

Animal Farm hit a nerve at the right psychological moment in America, just when the pro-Soviet fellow-traveling movement was beginning to unravel… What havoc “a little squib” can cause! Seven decades ago, George Orwell’s Animal Farm was published in the United States. Its publication launch was August 26, 1946, almost exactly a year after [...]