Remembering George Orwell
1903, June 25. - 1950, January 21.


Keep the Aspidistra Flying.

Though I speak with the tongues of men of angels, and have not money, I am become as a sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not money, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not money, it profiteth me nothing. Money suffereth long, and is kind; money envieth not; money vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, doth not behave unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, think eth no evil; rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. ... And now abideth faith, hope, money, these three; but the greatest ot these is money.
1 Corinthians xiii (adapted)





"This was the lonely after-dinner hour, when few or no customers were to be expected. He was alone with seven thousand books. The small dark room, smelling of dust and decayed paper, that gave on the office, was filled to the brim with books, mostly aged and unsaleable. On the top shelves near the ceiling the quarto volumes of extinct encyclopedias slumbered on their sides in piles like the tiered coffins in common graves. Gordon pushed aside the blue, dust-sodden curtains that served as a doorway to the next room. This, better lighted than the other, contained the lending library. It was one of those ‘twopenny no-deposit’ libraries beloved of book-pinchers. No books in it except novels, of course. And what novels! But that too was a matter of course." 



Keep the Asp. USA

Left:
Houd de Sanseferia hoog
Dutch first edition. 1973.
Translation: Else Hoog
Published by Meulenhoff Nederland bv
Fenwick A.4.T1a

Right:
Keep the Aspidistra Flying
First American Edition, 1956.
Published by Harcourt, Brace and Company, New York, USA.
Fenwick A.4c


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