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All Paris Review author interviews now online!

What a treasure trove! The Paris Review has posted all of its author interviews since the 1950s online! There’s so many to choose from (they have it broken down by name and decade), but I wanted to link directly to a few favorite authors:

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Building that inspired Orwell's Ministry of Truth

Reading matters has a picture and post on what is currently the Senate House in London, but was during WWII the Ministry of Information — the inspiration for Orwell’s Ministry of Truth in 1984.

One of the ministry’s functions was the censorship of information. In 1944 it advised against the publication of Orwell’s Animal Farm on the basis that it might offend the Russian allies.

Orwell eventually found a new publisher willing to ignore the advice and the book was published the following year.

There are also connections with Graham Greene’s Ministry of Fear and Evelyn Waugh’s Put Out More Flags.

This is part of Reading matters’ Literary London post series.