George Orwell, real name Eric Blair, was born in 1903 in Bengal. He served with the Indian Imperial Police, and later came to Europe, doing a series of ill-paid jobs which led to his writing Down and Out in Paris and London. He fought in the Spanish Civil War for the Republicans, but in later years became disillusioned with the aims of Communism, which led to the writing of his two most famous political satires Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty Four, which were immensely popular. He died in 1950.
This 50th-anniversary commemorative edition of Orwell's masterpiece is lavishly illustrated by Ralph Steadman. In addition, it contains Orwell's proposed introduction to the English-language version as well as his preface to the Ukrainian text. Though all editions of Animal Farm are equal, this one is more equal than others.