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George Orwell: Essays - George Orwell

George Orwell: Essays

By: George Orwell, Bernard Crick (Introduction by)

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Anyone who wants to understand the twentieth century will still have to read Orwell.' - Timothy Garton Ash, New York Review of Books

This outstanding collection brings together Orwell's longer, major essays and a fine selection of shorter pieces that includes 'My Country Right or Left', 'Decline of the English Murder', 'Shooting an Elephant' and 'A Hanging'.

With great originality and wit Orwell unfolds his views on subjects ranging from a revaluation of Charles Dickens to the nature of Socialism, from a comic yet profound discussion of naughty seaside picture postcards to a spirited defence of English cooking. Displaying an almost unrivalled mastery of English plain prose style, Orwell's essays challenge, move and entertain. 'Anyone who wants to understand the twentieth century will still have to read Orwell.' Timothy Garton Ash, New York Review of Books

George Orwell found 'the prolonged, indiscriminate reveiwing of books... a quite exceptionally thankless, irritating and exhausting job... The best practice, it always seemed to me, would be simply to ignore the great majority of books and give very long reviews to the few that seem to matter'. Space doesn't permit a long review here but this collection is equal to a year's, a decade's, a lifetime's reading if what you're reading isn't Orwell. Writing about his professional and political interests, his travels, and the world at large, Orwell's astute and often laconic observations are still able to hit you blindside. The collection includes 'Decline of the English Murder', 'My Country Right or Left' and 'A Hanging'. (Kirkus UK)

Introduction
Bibliographical Note
Why I Writep. 1
The Spikep. 7
A Hangingp. 14
Shooting an Elephantp. 18
Bookshop Memoriesp. 25
Marrakechp. 29
Charles Dickensp. 35
Boys' Weekliesp. 78
Inside the Whalep. 101
My Country Right or Leftp. 133
The Lion and the Unicornp. 138
Wells, Hitler and the World Statep. 188
The Art of Donald McGillp. 193
Rudyard Kiplingp. 203
Looking Back on the Spanish Warp. 216
W. B. Yeatsp. 233
Poetry and the Microphonep. 239
Benefit of Clergy: Some Notes on Salvador Dalip. 248
Raffles and Miss Blandishp. 257
Arthur Koestlerp. 268
Antisemitism in Britainp. 278
In Defence of P. G. Wodehousep. 287
Notes on Nationalismp. 300
Good Bad Booksp. 318
The Sporting Spiritp. 321
Nonsense Poetryp. 324
The Prevention of Literaturep. 328
Books v. Cigarettesp. 341
Decline of the English Murderp. 345
Politics and the English Languagep. 348
Some Thoughts on the Common Toadp. 360
A Good Word for the Vicar of Brayp. 363
Confessions of a Book Reviewerp. 367
Politics vs Literature: An Examination of Gulliver's Travelsp. 370
How the Poor Diep. 387
Riding Down from Bangorp. 396
Lear, Tolstoy and the Foolp. 401
Such, Such Were the Joysp. 416
Writers and Leviathanp. 453
Reflections on Gandhip. 459
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ISBN: 9780141183060
ISBN-10: 0141183063
Series: Modern Classics (Penguin)
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 496
Published: October 2000
Dimensions (cm): 20.5 x 13.2  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.33