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George Orwell : A Life in Letters - George Orwell

George Orwell

A Life in Letters

Paperback

Published: 13th April 2011
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Edited with an Introduction by Peter Davison

'Arguably the most influential writer thrown up by the West in the twentieth century ...... the real Orwell - whoever he is - continues to take shape'
The Times

With such varied correspondents as T. S. Eliot, Stephen Spender and Anthony Powell, for nearly forty years George Orwell wrote and received the letters that are now collected together in this unique edition. They reveal the political writer that Orwell became, as he describes Barcelona during the Spanish Civil War, as well as explaining the inspiration for some of his most famous characters. From casual mention of ghosts in Walberswick cemetery to gardening tips, and from discussions of pseudonyms and the publication of his major works to the death of his wife, these letters provide a fascinating glimpse into Orwell's life, and his relationships.

This volume, together with the Diaries, stands in place of the autobiography Orwell never wrote.

'Enjoyable reading . . . I long to know what he would have to say about life today'
Daily Mail

Arouses your warmest sympathy Daily Mail A Life in Letters contains nearly everything a reader new to Orwell needs to know about him -- DJ Taylor New Statesman 'Mr Davison's new edition of the letters is compelling...unlike a conventional biography, the character of the subject comes through undiluted.' Sunday Telegraph 'This is the authentic Orwell voice: wonderfully clear and fresh and forthright' Mail on Sunday 'the best single-volume selection we could hope for' Sunday Times 'Orwell: A Life in Letters should take its place beside the five major biographies ... as an indepsensible resource for understanding George Orwell and his times.' John Rodden

George Orwell

Eric Arthur Blair (George Orwell) was born in 1903 in India, where his father worked for the Civil Service. The family moved to England in 1907 and in 1917 Orwell entered Eton, where he contributed regularly to the various college magazines. From 1922 to 1927 he served with the Indian Imperial Police in Burma, an experience that inspired his first novel Burmese Days (1934). Several years of poverty followed. He lived in Paris for two years before returning to England, where he worked successively as a private tutor, schoolteacher and bookshop assistant, and contributed reviews and articles to a number of periodicals. Down and Out in Paris and London was published in 1933. In 1936 he was commissioned by Victor Gollancz to visit areas of mass unemployment in Lancashire and Yorkshire, and The Road to Wigan Pier (1937) is a powerful description of the poverty he saw there. At the end of 1936 Orwell went to Spain to fight for the Republicans and was wounded. Homage to Catalonia is his account of the civil war. He was admitted to a sanatorium in 1938 and from then on was never fully fit. He spent six months in Morocco and there wrote Coming Up for Air. During the Second World War he served in the Home Guard and worked for the BBC Eastern Service from 1941 to 1943. As literary editor of Tribune he contributed a regular page of political and literary commentary, and he also wrote for the Observer and later for the Manchester Evening News. His unique political allegory, Animal Farm, was published in 1945, and it was this novel, together with Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949), which brought him world-wide fame. George Orwell died in London in January 1950. A few days before, Desmond MacCarthy had sent him a message of greeting in which he wrote: 'You have made an indelible mark on English literature . . . you are among the few memorable writers of your generation.'

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ISBN: 9780141192635
ISBN-10: 0141192631
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 560
Published: 13th April 2011
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.4
Edition Number: 1