The Road to Wigan Pier
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The Road to Wigan Pier

By (author) George Orwell , Introduction by Richard Hoggart , Notes by Peter Davison

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In 1936 George Orwell was commissioned to visit areas of mass unemployment in the North of England, and The Road to Wigan Pier is a powerful description of the poverty he witnessed there, published with an introduction by Richard Hoggart in Penguin Modern Classics. A searing account of George Orwell's observations of working-class life in the bleak industrial heartlands of Yorkshire and Lancashire in the 1930s, The Road to Wigan Pier is a brilliant and bitter polemic that has lost none of its political impact over time. His graphically unforgettable descriptions of social injustice, cramped slum housing, dangerous mining conditions, squalor, hunger and growing unemployment are written with unblinking honesty, fury and great humanity. It crystallized the ideas that would be found in Orwell's later works and novels, and remains a powerful portrait of poverty, injustice and class divisions in Britain. "True genius...all his anger and frustration found their first proper means of expression in Wigan Pier." (Peter Ackroyd, The Times). "It is easy to see why the book created and still creates so sharp an impact...exceptional immediacy, freshness and vigour, opinionated and bold...Above all, it is a study of poverty and, behind that, of the strength of class-divisions. " (Richard Hoggart).

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  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 16mm | 220g
  • 01 Dec 2007
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • PENGUIN CLASSICS
  • London
  • English
  • New ed.
  • 32 plates
  • 0141185295
  • 9780141185293
  • 8,388

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Eric Arthur Blair (George Orwell) was born in India in 1903. He was educated at Eton, served with the Indian Imperial Police in Burma, and worked in Britain as a private tutor, schoolteacher, bookshop assistant and journalist. In 1936, Orwell went to fight for the Republicans in the Spanish Civil War and was wounded. In 1938 he was admitted into a sanatorium and from then on was never fully fit. George Orwell died in London in 1950.

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The latest selection of novels, dramas and biographies to receive the )Penguin Modern Classics( treatment.

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