THE REBELLION OF THE BEASTS; OR, THE ASS IS DEAD! LONG LIVE THE ASS!!! ... Introduction by Douglas A. Anderson. Chicago: Published by Wicker Park Press, 2004. Octavo, cloth. First U.S. edition. An obscure work, anonymously published in London in 1825, attributed by scholars to the poet and journalist, James Henry Leigh Hunt, known as Leigh Hunt, whose circle included Keats, Shelley, Hazlitt, Lamb and others in the Romantic movement. This remarkable work of political and social satire predates Orwell's ANIMAL FARM by 120 years and is a brilliant, scathing commentary on revolution, the cult of personality, and the corruption of monarchy due to vanity, venality and the thirst for power and control. Anderson notes the similarities between THE REBELLION OF THE BEASTS and ANIMAL FARM, but also points out that Hunt's work is more biting than Orwell's and he suggests that it should take its place beside GULLIVER'S TRAVELS. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, Additions. Publisher's publicity release laid in. A fine copy in fine dust jacket. (#103069).
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