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'
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'
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
Number Of Pages: 560
Published: 13th April 2011
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9 x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.4