The election of Donald J. Trump to the nation’s highest office has been very good for sales of red “Make America Great Again” baseball caps, endless outraged Twitter threads and vital investigative journalism.
It also has led to a surge in the popularity of George Orwell’s dystopian novel “1984.”
After presidential adviser Kellyanne Conway coined the phrase “alternative facts” in January, Orwell’s chilling 1949 work about a totalitarian society hit No. 1 on the Amazon bestseller list; today, it’s No. 2 on the Amazon classics list, right behind Orwell’s “Animal Farm.”
A British stage version by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan is currently running on Broadway. Starring...