Captain Robinson and the Poet, by Gerry Abbott

The very fact that Orwell chose to review Robbie's book may be significant. In his phrasing – 'Those who knew the author in Mandalay' and 'Those who knew Captain Robinson in the old days' – he clearly indicates his acquaintance with Robbie. This is reinforced by his expressed pleasure in seeing the photograph of him…completely cured of the opium habit and apparently well-adjusted and happy, in spite of his blindness. I maintain that the various similarities outlined above fairly convincingly support my theory that 'the Poet' was the future George Orwell, but of course I am ready to be proved wrong.

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