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Orwell In Spain

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Here, for the first time in one volume, are George Orwell's complete writings on the Spanish Civil War, an experience which had a profound effect on his life and work.

Homage to Catalonia, his passionate memoir of fighting in the war, captures the revolutionary fervour and high hopes of joining up in Barcelona, the fear and chaos of the front, and the bullet wound and bitter betrayal that nearly cost him his life. The powerful journalism, essays, letters and pamphlets also collected here show his resolution to tell the truth about the war amid a 'crop of lies' from both the Communist Party and the British press. In 'Looking Back on the Spanish War' he recalls his desperate disillusionment, but also remembers the heroism and decency of the ordinary people he encountered.

Editorial Note
Orwell's Journey to Spainp. 1
Extract from 'As I Please', 42 [The journey to Spain], Tribune, 15 September 1944p. 3
Jennie Lee to Margaret M. Goalby, 23 June 1950: Orwell's Arrival in Barcelonap. 5
Orwell in Spain, December 1936p. 5
Extract from letter from Eileen Blair to Leonard Moore, 31 January 1937p. 7
'British Author with the Militia', The Spanish Revolution: Bulletin of the Workers' Party of Marxist Unification (POUM)p. 8
Letter from Eileen Blair to her mother, 22 March 1937p. 9
Letter to Eileen Blair [5? April 1937]p. 13
Extract from letter from Eileen Blair to Leonard Moore, 12 April 1937p. 15
Letter from Eileen Blair to her brother, Dr. Laurence ('Eric') O'Shaughnessy, 1 May 1937p. 15
Extract from letter to Victor Gollancz, 1 May 1937p. 17
Orwell's Woundp. 18
Letter to Cyril Connolly, 8 June 1937p. 22
Letter from Eileen Blair to Dr. Laurence ('Eric) O'Shaughnessy, C. 10 June 1937p. 23
Escape from Spainp. 24
Reports on Eric and Eileen Blair to Tribunal for Espionage and High Treason, Valenciap. 26
Report on Charles Doranp. 26
Homage to Cataloniap. 28
'Spilling the Spanish Beans', New English Weekly, 29 July and 2 September 1937p. 215
Letter from Eileen Blair to John McNair, 29 July 1937p. 223
Letter from George Kopp to Dr. Laurence O'Shaughnessy, 7 July 1937p. 225
Letter from George Kopp to Lt.-Col. Burillo, Chief of Police, Barcelona, 7 July 1937 (translation)p. 225
Letter from George Kopp to Eileen Blair, 8 July 1937p. 227
Review: Franz Borkenau, The Spanish Cockpit; John Sommerfield, Volunteer in Spain, 31 July 1937p. 229
Letter to Rayner Heppenstall, 31 July 1937p. 231
'Eye-Witness in Barcelona', Controversy, August 1937p. 234
Abstracts of Reports on the Spanish Civil War in the Daily Worker and News Chronicle, 1936-7p. 242
Letter to Amy Charlesworth, 1 August 1937p. 242
Letter to Charles Doran, 2 August 1937p. 245
Unpublished response to Authors Take Sides on the Spanish War, 3-6 August 1937p. 248
Letter to Geoffrey Gorer, 15 September 1937p. 250
Review: Mary Low and Juan Brea, Red Spanish Notebook; R. Timmermans, Heroes of the Alcazar; Martin Armstrong, Spanish Circus, 9 October 1937p. 253
Letter to H. N. Brailsford, 10 December 1937p. 255
Review: Mairin Mitchell Storm Over Spain; Arnold Lunn, Spanish Rehearsal; E. Allison Peers, Catalonia Infelix: Jose Castillejo, Wars of Ideas in Spain; Jose Ortega y Gasset, Invertebrate Spain, 11 December 1937p. 257
Letter from H. N. Brailsford to Orwell, 17 December 1937p. 259
Letter to H. N. Brailsford, 18 December 1937p. 260
Review: G. L. Steer, The Tree of Gernika; Arthur Koestler, Spanish Testament, 5 February 1938p. 263
Letter to the Editor, Time and Tide: '"Trotskyist" Publications', 5 February 1938p. 266
Letter to Raymond Mortimer, 9 February 1938p. 269
Letter to Stephen Spender, 2 April 1938p. 274
Letter to Geoffrey Gorer, 18 April 1938p. 275
'Notes on the Spanish Militias'p. 277
To the Editor, The Times Literary Supplement, 14 May 1938p. 290
Letter from Sir Richard Rees to Orwell, 25 May 1938p. 292
Letter to the Editor, The Listener, 16 June 1938p. 295
Review: Robert Sencourt, Spain's Ordeal; Anonymous, Franco's Rule, 23 June 1938p. 297
Review: Frank Jellinek, The Civil War in Spain, 8 July 1938p. 300
Review: The Duchess of Atholl, Searchlight on Spain, 16 July 1938p. 304
Letter to the Editor, Manchester Guardian, 5 August 1938p. 305
Letter to Yvonne Davet, 18 August 1938p. 308
Letter to Raymond Postgate, 21 October 1938p. 310
Summary of article from La Fleche, 14 October 1938p. 311
Review: E. Alison Peers, The Church in Spain, 1737-1937; Eoin O'Duffy, Crusade in Spain, 24 November 1938p. 314
Letter to Frank Jellinek, 20 December 1938p. 319
'Release of George Kopp', Independent News, 23 December 1938p. 323
'Caesarean Section in Spain', The Highway, March 1939p. 325
Letter to Yvonne Davet, 19 June 1939p. 330
Review: Nancy Johnstone, Hotel in Flight, December 1939p. 331
Review: S. Casado, The Last Days of Madrid; T. C. Worsley, Behind the Battle, 20 January 1940p. 333
Review: E. Allison Peers, The Spanish Dilemma; Charles Duff, A Key to Victory: Spain, 21 December 1940p. 336
Extract from War-time Diary, 22 January 1941p. 338
Review: Arturo Barea, The Forge, September 1941p. 338
Extract from letter to Partisan Review, 23 September 1941p. 341
Extract from BBC Weekly News Review for India, 22 [Comparison with the Spanish Civil War], 16 May 1942p. 342
'Looking Back on the Spanish War' [1942?], New Road, January 1943?p. 343
Proposed BBC Broadcast on the Spanish Civil War, 3 December 1942p. 364
Review: E. Allison Peers, Spain in Eclipse, 1937-1943: Lawrence Dundas, Behind the Spanish Mask, 28 November 1943p. 365
Extract from 'As I Please', 10 [How the lie becomes truth], Tribune, 4 February 1944p. 367
'The Eight Years of War: Spanish Memories', Observer, 16 July 1944p. 367
Review: Charles d'Ydewalle, An Interlude in Spain, 24 December 1944p. 369
Review: Arturo Barea, The Clash, 24 March 1946p. 372
Orwell's Pamphlet Collection: Spanish Civil Warp. 374
A summary of letters from and to David Astor, 4 and 5 March 1949p. 376
Further Readingp. 377
Indexp. 381
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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: 9780141185163
ISBN-10: 0141185163
Series: Penguin Modern Classics
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 416
Published: 3rd May 2001
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.9 x 13.0  x 3.0
Weight (kg): 0.3
Edition Number: 1