George Orwell: My Country Right or Left, 1940-1943 v. 2

George Orwell: My Country Right or Left, 1940-1943 v. 2 : The Collected Essays, Journalism and Letters

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Until he was forced to flee Spain and return to London, George Orwell served with anti-Stalinist communist forces during the Spanish Civil War. Back in England, he was more convinced than ever of his pro-democratic Socialist beliefs and produced essays such as "My Country Right or Left" and "The Lion and the Unicorn: Socialism and the English Genius." This volume covers a formational period in Orwell's life--and a crucial period for the world's response to totalitarianism. Late in 1942, Orwell began regularly for the left-wing weekly Tribune and, early the next year began work on a new book called Animal Farm.
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  • Paperback | 496 pages
  • 138 x 210 x 35.56mm | 567g
  • Lincoln, United States
  • English
  • 1567921345
  • 9781567921342
  • 56,742

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Considering that much of his life was spent in poverty and ill health, it is something of a miracle that in only forty-six years George Orwell managed to publish ten books and two collections of essays. Here, in four fat volumes, is the best selection of his non-fiction available, a trove of letters, essays, reviews, and journalism that is breathtaking in its scope and eclectic passions. Orwell had something to say about just about everyone and everything. His letters to such luminaries as Julian Symons, Anthony Powell, Arthur Koestler, and Cyril Connolly are poignant and personal. His essays, covering everything from "English Cooking" to "Literature and Totalitarianism," are memorable, and his books reviews (Hitler's Mein Kampf, Mumford's Herman Melville, Miller's Black Spring, Goldsmith's The Vicar of Wakefield, to name just a few) are among the most lucid and intelligent ever written. From 1943 to 1945, he wrote a regular column for the Tribune, a left wing weekly, entitled "As I Please." His observations about life in Britain during the war embraced everything from anti-American sentiment to the history of domestic appliances.
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Table of contents

v. 1. An age like this, 1920-1940 -- v. 2. My country right or left, 1940-1943 -- v. 3. As I please, 1943-1946 -- v. 4. In front of your nose, 1946-1950.
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"* "It is an astonishing tribute to Orwell's gifts as a natural, unaffected writer that, although the historical events he is unfolding are all too bitterly familiar, the reader turns the page as though he did not know what was going to happen. Here, then, is a social, literary, and political history... which, while being intensely personal never forgets its allegiance to objective truth." -THE ECONOMIST"
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About George Orwell

George Orwell is widely considered one of the greatest writers of the past century. Although his novels 1984 and Animal Farm are now the most widely-read of his works, Orwell was primarily a nonfiction writer. The occasionally radical political content in his essays, memoirs, and journalistic works brought him some censure during his life, but they now make up one of the most celebrated bodies of work in the English language.

Sonia Brownell Orwell, as a young woman, was responsible for transcribing and editing the copy text for the first edition of the Winchester Malory as assistant to the eminent medievalist at Manchester University, Eugene Vinaver. Brownell first met Orwell when she worked as the assistant to Cyril Connolly, a friend of his from Eton College, at the literary magazine Horizon. The two were married in October 1949, only three months before Orwell's death from tuberculosis.

Ian Angus, a widely recognized Orwell scholar for decades, helped establish the Orwell Archive at University College, London and, in 1968, worked with Sonia Orwell in editing Orwell's Collected Journalism, Essays and Letters published by Secker & Warburg in England.
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