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Orwell's England : The Road to Wigan Pier in the Context of Essays, Reviews, Letters and Poems - George Orwell

Orwell's England

The Road to Wigan Pier in the Context of Essays, Reviews, Letters and Poems

By: George Orwell, Peter Davison (Editor), Ben Pimlott (Introduction by)

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Published: 26th June 2001
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Much of George Orwell's best writing, brought together in this magnificent new collection, is concerned with England, a country that he found both endearing and frustrating.

In the brilliantly perceptive The English People, he lists the national characteristics as 'suspicion of foreigners, sentimentality about animals, hypocrisy, exaggerated class distinctions, and an obsession with sport'. The Road to Wigan Pier, his blistering account of poverty in the north of England, and his essays on class and the horrors of life at private school violently attack what he famously called 'the most class-ridden country under the sun'. Yet other writings here also ruminate on the merits of cricket, gardening, roast dinners, pubs, cups of tea and seaside postcards, showing Orwell's attitude to Englishness in all its lively complexity.

Introduction
Editorial Note
Acknowledgements
From Burma to Parisp. 1
'A Day in the Life of a Tramp', Le Progres Civique, 5 January 1929p. 2
'Hop-Picking', New Statesman and Nation, 17 October 1931p. 9
Poem: 'Summer-like for an instant', The Adelphi, May 1933p. 13
Poem: 'On a Ruined Farm near the His Master's Voice Gramophone Factory', The Adelphi, April 1934p. 14
Letter to Brenda Salkeld, 7 May [1935]p. 15
Review: Patrick Hamilton, Twenty Thousand Streets under the Sky; Katharine M. Williams, The Proceedings of the Society; R. G. Goodyear, I Lie Alone, 1 August 1935p. 18
Extracts from The Road To Wigan Pier Diary, 31 January to 16 March 1936p. 21
Extracts from Orwell's 'Notes on Houses', Barnsleyp. 38
Letter to Jack Common [16? April 1936]p. 42
Review: W. F. R. Macartney, Walls Have Mouths: A Record of Ten Years' Penal Servitude, November 1936p. 44
Publication of The Road to Wigan Pier, 8 March 1937p. 47
The Road to Wigan Pierp. 51
Orwell's sketch-map of his journey to the Northp. 52
Extract from 'Your Questions Answered": Wigan Pier, BBC, 2 December 1943p. 217
Review: Wal Hannington, The Problem of the Distressed Areas; James Hanley, Grey Children; Neil Stewart, The Fight for the Charter, 27 November 1937p. 218
Letter from Eileen Blair to Jack Common, 20 July 1938p. 220
Letter to Jack Common, 25 August 1938p. 222
Extracts from Orwell's Domestic Diaries, 9 August 1938-14 April 1939, and War-time Diaries, 8 June 1940-4 July 1942p. 224
'My Country Right or Left,' Folios of New Writing, Autumn 1940p. 242
Film Review: Eyes of the Navy; The Heart of Britain; Unholy War, 15 February 1941p. 248
The Lion and the Unicorn: Socialism and the English Genius, 19 February 1941p. 250
England Your Englandp. 251
Review D. W. Brogan, The English People, 27 May 1943p. 278
Extract from 'As I Please', 12 ['A home of their own'], Tribune, 18 February 1944p. 280
Review: Sir William Beach Thomas, The Way of a Countryman, 23 March 1944p. 283
Review: Edmund Blunder, Cricket Country, 20 April 1944p. 287
The English People, completed 22 May 1944; published 1947p. 290
England at First Glancep. 292
The Moral Outlook of the English Peoplep. 298
The Political Outlook of the English Peoplep. 304
The English Class Systemp. 309
The English Languagep. 315
The Future of the English Peoplep. 321
'Survey of "Civvy Street", Observer, 4 June 1944p. 334
Extract from 'As I Please', 37 [The colour bar], Tribune, 11 August 1944p. 337
'The French Believe We Have Had a Revolution,' Manchester Evening News, 20 March 1945p. 338
'Just Junk - But Who Could Resist It?', Evening Standard, 5 January 1946p. 341
'Poetry and the Microphone', The New Saxon Pamphlets, March 1945p. 344
Review: Mark Abrams, The Condition of the British People, 1911-1945, 17 January 1946p. 354
'Decline of the English Murder', Tribune, 15 February 1946p. 357
Extract from 'As I Please', 77 [Scrapping the British system of weights and measures], Tribune, 14 March 1947p. 361
'Such, Such Were the Joys', 1939?-June 1948?p. 362
Further Readingp. 409
Indexp. 413
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ISBN: 9780141185170
ISBN-10: 0141185171
Series: Penguin Classics Ser.
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 496
Published: 26th June 2001
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9  x 3.0
Weight (kg): 19.8

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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