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Orwell and Politics : Penguin Modern Classics - George Orwell

Orwell and Politics

Penguin Modern Classics

By: George Orwell, Peter Davison (Editor), Timothy Garton Ash (Introduction by)


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This major new collection brings together the best of George Orwell's powerful political essays and journalism with his evergreen satire on totalitarianism, Animal Farm. They show the vast range of his political interests, with articles expressing his views on subjects from corrupt political language to the oppressive British Empire; his masterly wartime Socialist polemic, 'The Lion and the Unicorn'; a wry review of Mein Kampf; a defence of Nineteen Eighty-Four; and extracts from his controversial list of 'Crypto-communists'.

These writings are testament to Orwell's lifelong passion for politics, for telling unpalatable truths and exposing injustice, yet doing so with wit and humanity: in his words, making 'political writing into an art'.

Editorial Note
'How a Nation Is Exploited: The British Empire in Burma', Le Progres Civique, 4 May 1929p. 1
'A Hanging', The Adelphi, August 1931p. 9
Review: Alec Brown, The Fate of the Middle Classes, May 1936p. 14
Review: Mark Channing, Indian Mosaic, 15 July 1936p. 16
'Shooting an Elephant', New Writing, 2, Autumn 1936p. 17
Review: Fenner Brockway, Workers' Front, 17 February 1938p. 25
Anonymous review: Maurice Collis, Trials in Burma, 9 March 1938p. 27
Letter to the Editor, 'Ends and Means', New English Weekly, 26 May 1938p. 28
Review: Eugene Lyons, Assignment in Utopia, 9 June 1938p. 31
'Why I Join the I.L.P.', New Leader, 24 June 1938p. 35
Review: Franz Borkenau, The Communist International, 22 September 1938p. 37
Extract from letter from Eileen Blair to Marjorie Dakin, 27 September 1938p. 40
Manifesto: If War Comes, We Shall Resist, New Leader, 30 September 1938p. 42
Extract from letter from Marjorie Dakin to Eileen Blair and Orwell, 3 October 1938p. 44
Letter to John Sceats, 24 November 1938p. 45
Letter to Charles Doran, 26 November 1938p. 49
'Political Reflections on the Crisis', The Adelphi, December 1938p. 52
Review: N. de Basily, Russia under Soviet Rule, 12 January 1939p. 57
Review: F. J. Sheed, Communism and Man, 27 January 1939p. 61
Letter to Herbert Read, 5 March 1939p. 63
Review: Clarence K. Streit, Union Now, July 1939p. 66
Extracts from Orwell's 'Diary of Events Leading Up to the War', 2 July-3 September 1939p. 71
Application to Enrol for War Service, 9 September 1939p. 83
Review: Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf, 21 March 1940p. 83
Extracts from Orwell's 'War-time Diary', 28 May-20 June 1940p. 86
Review: Jack London, The Iron Heel; H. G. Wells, When the Sleeper Wakes; Aldous Huxley, Brave New World; Ernest Bramah, The Secret of the League, 12 July 1940p. 93
Review: The English Revolution: 1640, edited by Christopher Hill, 24 August 1940p. 97
Extracts from London Letter to Partisan Review [Current political situation], 3 January 1941p. 99
The Lion and the Unicorn: Socialism and the English Genius, 19 February 1941p. 103
Shopkeepers at Warp. 104
The English Revolutionp. 116
Extract from London Letter to Partisan Review [Support for Labour leaders: preservation of democracy in wartime], 15 April 1941p. 140
Extract form London Letter to Partisan Review, 'The Anglo-Soviet Alliance', 17 August 1941p. 142
Review: Louis Fischer, Men and Politics, Christmas 1941p. 147
Sir Stafford Cripps's Mission to India, March-April 1942p. 150
Extract from BBC Weekly News Review for India, 14, 14 March 1942p. 150
Extracts from War-time Diary, 1, 3 and 10 April 1942p. 152
Extract from BBC Weekly News Review for India, 18, 18 April 1942p. 156
Extracts from War-time Diary, 18 and 29 April 1942p. 157
London Letter to Partisan Review, 'The British Crisis', 8 May 1942p. 159
Extracts from War-time Diary, 7 June and 12 August 1942p. 169
Letter to Tom Wintringham, 17 August 1942p. 171
Review: Mulk Raj Anand, Letters on India, 19 March 1943p. 173
London Letter to Partisan Review [Dissolution of the Comintern; growth of the Common Wealth Party: c. 23 May 1943]p. 177
'Literature and the Left', Tribune, 4 June 1943p. 184
'Gandhi in Mayfair', Review of Lionel Fielden, Beggar My Neighbour, September 1943p. 187
Letter from Roy Walker to Orwell, 28 September 1943p. 198
Review: Harold J. Laski, Reflections on the Revolution of Our Time, 10 October 1943p. 202
'Who Are the War Criminals?' Review of 'Cassius', The Trial of Mussolini, 22 October 1943p. 205
Review: Henry Noel Brailsford, Subject India, 20 November 1943p. 212
Extract from 'As I Please', 4 [On dissociating Socialism from Utopianism], Tribune, 24 December 1943p. 215
Extract from London Letter to Partisan Review [Parliament and the monarchy], 15 January 1944p. 218
Review: James Burnham, The Machiavellians, 20 January 1944p. 224
Completion of Animal Farmp. 227
Publication of Animal Farm, 17 August 1945p. 228
Animal Farmp. 231
'As I Please', 17 [What is Fascism?], Tribune, 24 March 1944p. 321
Review: Louis Fischer, Empire, 13 May 1944p. 325
'Benefit to Clergy: Some Notes on Salvador Dali', intended for The Saturday Book, 4, 1944p. 327
Conclusion to letter to John Middleton Murry, 5 August 1944p. 337
Review: Selections from the Works of Gerrard Winstanley, edited by Leonard Hamilton, 3 September 1944p. 339
Review: Beverley Nichols, Verdict on India, 29 October 1944p. 342
Review: Conrad Heiden, Der Fuhrer, 4 January 1945p. 344
Extract from 'As I Please', 56 [On European freedom], Tribune, 26 January 1945p. 348
Extract from 'As I Please', 59 [Future of Burma], Tribune, 16 February 1945p. 351
Extract from 'Occupation's Effect on French Outlook' [Post-liberation killings in France], Observer, 4 March 1945p. 353
'Notes on Nationalism', Polemic, [October] 1945p. 355
Unpublished Letter to Tribune [Trial of sixteen Poles in Moscow], 'Polish Trial', 26? June 1945p. 377
'The Prevention of Literature', Polemic, January 1946p. 379
'Freedom of the Park', Tribune, 7 December 1945p. 394
'Politics and the English Language', Horizon, April 1946p. 397
'Freedom and Happiness', Tribune, 4 January 1946p. 411
The Intellectual Revolt, four articles, Manchester Evening Newsp. 415
'The Intellectual Revolt', 24 January 1946p. 416
'What is Socialism?', 31 January 1946p. 420
'The Christian Reformers', 7 February 1946p. 425
'Pacifism and Progress', 14 February 1946p. 430
Aterword (translated from German of Neue Auslese), [April 1946]p. 435
Extract from letter to Arthur Koestler, 5 March 1946p. 438
'Do Our Colonies Pay?', Tribune, 8 March 1946p. 441
'Some Thoughts on the Common Toad', Tribune, 12 April 1946p. 445
Unsigned Editorial [On defending intellectual decency], Polemic, 3, May 1946p. 449
'Why I Write', Gangrel, [Summer] 1946p. 457
Extract from 'As I Please', 61 [Attitudes to immigrants], Tribune, 15 November 1946p. 464
Extract from 'As I Please', 68 [Class distinctions], Tribune, 3 January 1947p. 466
Extract from 'As I Please', 70 [Attitudes to Poles in Scotland], Tribune, 24 January 1947p. 468
Extract from 'As I Please', 73 [Scottish Nationalism], Tribune, 14 February 1947p. 471
'Toward European Unity', Partisan Review, July-August 1947p. 473
'Marx and Russia', Observer, 15 February 1948p. 479
'Writers and Leviathan', Politics and Letters, Summer 1948p. 482
Review: Jean-Paul Sartre, Portrait to the Anti-Semite, 7 November 1948p. 489
'Reflections on Gandhi', Partisan Review, January 1949p. 491
Orwell's Statement on Nineteen Eighty-Four, July 1949p. 499
Extracts from Orwell's List of Crypto-Communists and Fellow-Travellersp. 501
Extracts from Orwell's Pamphlet Collection Cataloguep. 509
Further Readingp. 513
Selective Indexp. 517
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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: 9780141185187
ISBN-10: 014118518X
Series: Penguin Modern Classics
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 560
Published: 3rd May 2001
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.38
Edition Number: 1