Five Who Fear the Future

Woodcock, George
April 1956
New Republic;4/16/56, Vol. 134 Issue 16, p17
The article focuses on five English writers and their work. G.B. Shaw, H.G. Wells, Aldous Huxley, George Orwell and Arthur Koestler were--and remained--men of the Left, with quite different standpoints from the conservatives who had hitherto condemned progressivist ideas on reactionary grounds. They have criticized world developments during the 20th century, not for the changes that have been wrought in the old order, but because the old radical ideals of equality and freedom, far from being promoted, have been put in peril mentioned. On the one hand, there are the anti-Utopians, Huxley and Orwell, and on the other hand, there are the ex-Utopians, like Wells and Shaw in the recent past and Koestler in present.


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