Christopher Hitchens. Why Orwell Matters. London. 2002. PR6029.R8 Z664 2002
In the long tradition of British dissent, Orwell believed that a good writer’s freedom from orthodoxy necessarily made him a heretic. He summed up the writer’s duty by quoting words from P. P. Bliss’s 1873 Revivalist hymn:
Dare to be a Daniel,
Dare to stand alone;
Dare to have a purpose firm,
Dare to make it known. (“The Prevention of Literature,” 1946)
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