In this collection of eight witty and sharply written essays, Orwell
looks at, among others, the joys of spring (even in London), the
picture of humanity painted by Gulliver and his travels, and the
strange benefit of the doubt that the public permit Salvador Dali. Also
included here are a mouth-watering essay on the delights of English
Cooking and a shocking account of killing an elephant in Burma.
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About The Author
Eric Arthur Blair (George Orwell) was born in 1903 in India and was
schooled at Eton. From 1922 to 1927 he served with the Indian Imperial
Police in Burma, which provided inspiration for his first novel,
Burmese Days. He went on to become a journalist, working for the BBC,
Tribune, the Observer and the Manchester Evening News. He is best known
for his two novels Animal Farm (1945) and Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949),
which brought him world-wide fame. He died in 1950.