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Orwell : The Life - Taylor, D J

Paperback Published: 4th March 2004
ISBN: 9780099283461
Number Of Pages: 496

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"In the last half-century George Orwell's Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four have sold over 40 million copies. The adjective 'Orwellian' is now a byword for a particular way of thinking about life, literature and language, while Orwell himself has become one of the most potent and symbolic figures in western political thought. Despite this iconic status, Orwell (born Eric Blair) remains an enigma- a passionate democratic socialist steeped in the worst illusions of his Edwardian boyhood, a bitter critic of totalitarianism who concealed a pronounced authoritarian streak, a supporter of social equality who promptly put his adoptive son down for Eton. His progress through the literary world of the 1930s and 40s was characterised by the myths he built around himself. Whether as a reluctant servant of the Raj in 1920s Burma, a mock down-and-out in inter-war England or a Republican volunteer in Spain, he fashioned an image that was often sharply at odds with the real circumstances of his life. Drawing on a mass of previously unseen material, including interviews with friends and people who knew him in his years of obscurity, D. J. Taylor offers a strikingly human portrait of the writer

"Taylor wins the biographical contest...[He] is an accomplished literary critic and he illuminates Orwell's work in the context of his life elegantly and expertly" * Guardian *
"Taylor's book has the unmistakable depth of flavour that comes from long, slow, careful cooking-pithy and fascinating" -- Jan Dalley * Financial Times *
"Taylor writes with such skill and aplomb that it's impossible not to be swept along by the intelligence and observations" * Independent on Sunday *
"Taylor's biography is a persuasive and profoundly moving exploration of the ways in which Orwell's work was constructed from the stones of a ruined life-[it] is likely to prove in many ways definitive" * Daily Telegraph *
"Fetchingly original...Taylor's [biography] is pacy socio-journalism" -- Ian Thomson * Scotland on Sunday *

ISBN: 9780099283461
ISBN-10: 0099283468
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 496
Published: 4th March 2004
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 13.0  x 3.1
Weight (kg): 0.44
Edition Number: 1