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A generous and varied selection–the only hardcover edition available–of the literary and political writings of one of the greatest essayists of the twentieth century.


Although best known as the author of Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-four, George Orwell left an even more lastingly significant achievement in his voluminous essays, which dealt with all the great social, political, and literary questions of the day and exemplified an incisive prose style that is still universally admired. Included among the more than 240 essays in this volume are Orwell’s famous discussion of pacifism, “My Country Right or Left”; his scathingly complicated views on the dirty work of imperialism in “Shooting an Elephant”; and his very firm opinion on how to make “A Nice Cup of Tea.”


In his essays, Orwell elevated political writing to the level of art, and his motivating ideas–his desire for social justice, his belief in universal freedom and equality, and his concern for truth in language–are as enduringly relevant now, a hundred years after his birth, as ever.

Baker & Taylor
In a varied compilation of essays, the author of Animal Farm and 1984 reflects on a wide range of social, political, and literary issues of his time, in selections that capture his firm belief in social justice, universal freedom and equality, and truth in language, in such pieces as "My Country Right or Left," "Shooting an Elephant," and "A Nice Cup of Tea." 15,000 first printing.

& Taylor

Presents a collection of essays from George Orwell, including his discussion of pacifism, "My Country Right or Left," his scathingly complicated views on the dirty work of imperialism in "Shooting an Elephant," and his very firm opinion on how to make "ANice Cup of Tea."

Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2002
Copyright Date: ©1996
ISBN: 9780375415036
Branch Call Number: 824 ORWEL
Characteristics: xlv, 1,369 pages ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Carey, John 1934-


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Oct 28, 2019

" This is more than six lines, but if i did compress what i know and think about the Spanish war into six lines you wouldn't print it. You wouldn't have the guts./ By the way, tell your pansy friend Spender that i am preserving specimens of his war-heroics and that when the time comes when he squirms for shame at having written it, as the people who wrote war- propaganda in the Great War are squirming now, I shall rub it in good and hard." "However much Dickens may admire the working classes, he does not wish to resemble them. Given his origins, and the time he lived in, it could hardly be otherwise. In the early nineteenth century class- animosities may have been no sharper than they are now, but the surface differences between class and class were enormously greater. The 'gentleman' and the 'common man' must have seemed like different species of animal. Dickens is quite genuinely on the side of the poor against the rich, but. .. .. ..." "The working class will go on struggling against Fascism after the others have caved in. One feature of the Nazi conquest of France was the astonishing defections among the inteligentsia, including some of the left-wing political intelligentsia. The intelligentsia are the people who squeal loudest against Fascism, and yet a respectable proportion of them collapse into defeatism when the pinch comes....they can be bribed--for it is evident that the Nazis think it worthwhile to bribe intellectuals. With the working class it is opposite."

May 21, 2010

Orwell's essays are far better than his books. He is a master of English prose style and this collection will have something for pretty well everybody. Try starting with his instructions on brewing the perfect cup of tea.


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