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Old November 18 2012, 11:27 PM   #153
Una McCormack
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Re: TP: Brinkmanship by Una McCormack Review Thread (Spoilers!)

Hi Quimby: I wasn't consciously influenced by Brave New World, although it's hard to write dystopia that isn't influenced by it or Nineteen Eighty-Four. I think a more conscious influence was George Orwell's essay on W.B. Yeats, particularly the following (and the whole paragraph from which this quotation comes):

He [Yeats] describes the new civilisation which he hopes and believes
will arrive: "an aristocratic civilisation in its most completed form,
every detail of life hierarchical, every great man's door crowded at
dawn by petitioners, great wealth everywhere in a few men's hands, all
dependent upon a few, up to the Emperor himself, who is a God dependent
on a greater God, and everywhere, in Court, in the family, an inequality
made law."
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