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Generous anger : the story of George Orwell
Boerst, William J.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
Greensboro, N.C. : Morgan Reynolds, [2001]

Physical Description:
112 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm.
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PR6029.R8 Z56 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
PR6029.R8 Z56 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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An award-winning biography of the author of Animal Farm and 1984.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 6-9. The writing is flat in this short biography, and the focus is on the facts of Orwell's life, with very little discussion of his books that teens read, Animal Farm and 1984. The opening scene is dramatic, with its account of how Orwell was beaten in boarding school for wetting his bed, but after that the style is distant and useful strictly for quick report summaries. What's best here are the occasional quotes from Orwell's clear, brilliant personal essays: "Shooting an Elephant," "Why I Write," "Politics and the English Language," etc. The full chapter notes will help readers discover Orwell's nonfiction collections and relate them to the famous novels they know. --Hazel Rochman

School Library Journal Review

Gr 7 Up-This short biography will be a helpful resource for readers studying Orwell's writings. Drawing on primary sources such as letters and essays, Boerst has compiled a readable and enjoyable glimpse into the man's life and the influences that inspired his work. After describing his early years and the many hardships he endured, the author concentrates on his subject's chosen career. He actually contrived to live as a tramp and prisoner in order to write about these situations. A participant in the Spanish Civil War and a journalist during World War II, Orwell's personal experiences provided rich fodder for his writings. Social activism and political satire became the ingredients for his art. The black-and-white photos include portraits of Orwell and other writers. The book's brevity and format will attract readers who may not need a more comprehensive account.-Pat Bender, The Shipley School, Bryn Mawr, PA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.