Now (1940–1947)

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NOW was a political and literary periodical founded in 1940 by George Woodcock,[1][2] its first editor, from 1940 to 1941, and by Freedom Press from 1943 to 1947.[3]

In the words of its founder, it was established as a review "for publishing literary matter and also as a forum for controversial writing which could not readily find publications under wartime conditions", and included works by "Anarchists, Stalinists, Trotskyists, pacifists, and New Statesman moderates".[4]

In 1945 Now published Marie-Louise Berneri's "Sexuality and Freedom", one of the first discussions of the ideas of Wilhelm Reich in Britain. [5]

Orwell[edit]

In his reply to George Orwell's "London Letter", published in the March–April 1942 issue of Partisan Review, in which Orwell had mentioned NOW as an example of publications that published contributions by both pacificts and Fascists,[6] Woodcock stated that "the review had abandoned its position as an independent forum", and was now "the cultural review of the British Anarchist movement".[4] The issue Orwell referred to featured "contributions from, among others, the Duke of Bedford, Alexander Comfort, Julian Symons, and Hugh Ross Williamson".[6]

Now would later publish Orwell's article "How the Poor Die" in its 6 November 1946 issue.[citation needed]

Contributors[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Hiebert, Matt. "In Canada and Abroad: The Diverse Publishing Career of George Woodcock". Retrieved 19 August 2013.
  2. ^ "George Woodcock: A Biography" Retrieved 19 August 2013.
  3. ^ "The Works of George Woodcock" Retrieved 19 August 2013.
  4. ^ a b Orwell, Sonia and Angus, Ian (eds.) The Collected Essays, Journalism and Letters of George Orwell Volume 2: My Country Right or Left, pp. 257–258 (London, Penguin)
  5. ^ Colin Ward with David Goodway, Talking Anarchy. PM Press, 2014 ISBN 1604868120 (p.42).
  6. ^ a b Orwell, Sonia and Angus, Ian (eds.) The Collected Essays, Journalism and Letters of George Orwell Volume 2: My Country Right or Left, pp. 211–212 (London, Penguin)
  7. ^ a b c d e f Advertisement for "NOW", Horizon, November 1941 (p.296).
  8. ^ a b c d e f g Advertisement for "NOW", Horizon, June 1941 (p.372).
  9. ^ Woodcock, George "Elegy for an Anarchist" in LRB Vol. 6 No. 1. 19 January 1984, pages 20-22 London Review of Books. Retrieved 19 August 2013.