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Title:
George Orwell : the collected essays, journalism & letters
Author:
Orwell, George, 1903-1950.
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Publication Information:
Boston : D.R. Godine, 2000.
Physical Description:
4 volumes : illustrations ; 21 cm.
General Note:
Vol. 1 has 1920-1940 on spine.

Vol. 2 has 1940-1943 on spine.

Vol. 3 has 1943-1945 on spine.

Vol. 4 has 1945-1950 on spine.

Subtitle on v. 3 cover: As I please, 1943-1945.

Subtitle on v. 4 cover: In front of your nose, 1945-1950.

Originally published: New York : Harcourt, Brace, and Jovanovich, 1968.
Language:
English
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.
ISBN:
9781567921335

9781567921342

9781567921359

9781567921366
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Summary

Summary

In his 46 years, Orwell managed to publish ten books and two collections of essays. This volume, one in a set of four, brings together a selection of his non-fiction work - letters, essays, reviews and journalism. His work is broad in scope, moving from English cooking to totalitarianism.


Author Notes

George Orwell was born Eric Arthur Blair on June 25, 1903 in Motihari in Bengal, India and later studied at Eton College for four years. He was an assistant superintendent with the Indian Imperial Police in Burma. He left that position after five years and moved to Paris, where he wrote his first two books: Burmese Days and Down and Out in Paris and London. He then moved to Spain to write but decided to join the United Workers Marxist Party Militia. After being decidedly opposed to communism, he served in the British Home Guard and with the Indian Service of the BBC during World War II. After the war, he wrote for the Observer and was literary editor for the Tribune.

His best known works are Animal Farm and 1984. His other works include A Clergyman's Daughter, Keep the Aspidistra Flying, The Road to Wigan Pier, Homage to Catalonia, and Coming Up for Air. He died on January 21, 1950 at the age of 46.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 1

Library Journal Review

Though his life was brief (1903-1950), Orwell was extremely prolific. In addition to penning two of the last century's greatest novels, he wrote reams of essays, journalistic pieces, and letters. Covering a 30-year period, this extensive four-volume set, originally published in 1968, collects the best of his nonfiction. Each volume is divided by year and intermixes his correspondence with news stories and discourses on numerous subjects. There is far more to Orwell than Animal Farm and 1984, and this beautiful collection reveals what a true intellect he was. Though probably more for academics, the books are priced reasonably enough for public library consideration. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. xi
Introductionp. xv
A Note on the Editingp. xxi
1. Why I Writep. 1
1920-1929
2. Letter to Steven Runcimanp. 11
3. A Farthing Newspaperp. 12
4. Letter to Max Plowmanp. 15
1930
5. Review of Herman Melville by Lewis Mumfordp. 19
6. Review of Alexander Pope by Edith Sitwell, etcp. 22
7. Review of Angel Pavement by J. B. Priestleyp. 25
8. Letter to Max Plowmanp. 27
1931
9. Lettercard to Mac Plowmanp. 33
10. Review of The Two Carlyles by Osbert Burdettp. 33
11. The Spikep. 36
12. A Hangingp. 44
13. Letter to Dennis Collingsp. 49
14. Letter to Dennis Collingsp. 51
15. Hop-Pickingp. 52
16. Letter to T. S. Eliotp. 72
17. Letter to T. S. Eliotp. 73
1932
18. Letter to Leonard Moorep. 77
19. Review of The Spirit of Catholicism by Karl Adamp. 79
20. Letter to Eleanor Jaquesp. 81
21. Letter to Eleanor Jaquesp. 83
22. Letter to Leonard Moorep. 84
23. Letter to Leonard Moorep. 84
24. Letter to Eleanor Jaquesp. 85
25. Clinkp. 86
26. Review of Byron and the Need of Fatality by Charles du Bosp. 95
27. Common Lodging Housesp. 97
28. Letter to Brenda Salkeldp. 100
29. Letter to Eleanor Jaquesp. 101
30. Letter to Eleanor Jaquesp. 102
31. Letter to Leonard Moorep. 104
32. Letter to Eleanor Jaquesp. 105
33. Letter to Leonard Moorep. 106
34. Letter to Eleanor Jaquesp. 107
35. Letter to Eleanor Jaquesp. 108
36. Letter to Leonard Moorep. 109
1933
37. Introduction to the French edition of Down and Out in Paris and Londonp. 113
38. Letter to Leonard Moorep. 115
39. Letter to the Editor of The Timesp. 115
40. Letter to Eleanor Jaquesp. 117
41. Poemp. 118
42. Letter to Brenda Salkeldp. 119
43. Letter to Eleanor Jaquesp. 119
44. Letter to Brenda Salkeldp. 120
45. Letter to Eleanor Jaquesp. 122
46. Letter to Eleanor Jaquesp. 122
47. Poemp. 123
48. Letter to Leonard Moorep. 125
49. Letter to Brenda Salkeldp. 125
50. Letter to Leonard Moorep. 129
1934
51. Letter to Leonard Moorep. 133
52. Letter to Leonard Moorep. 134
53. Poem: On a Ruined Farm near the His Master's Voice Gramophone Factoryp. 134
54. Letter to Leonard Moorep. 135
55. Letter to Brenda Salkeldp. 136
56. Letter to Brenda Salkeldp. 137
57. Letter to Brenda Salkeldp. 139
58. Letter to Leonard Moorep. 141
59. My Epitaph by John Floryp. 141
60. Letter to Leonard Moorep. 142
1935
61. Letter to Leonard Moorep. 147
62. Letter to Brenda Salkeldp. 147
63. Review of Caliban Shrieks by Jack Hiltonp. 148
64. Letter to Brenda Salkeldp. 150
65. Letter to Rayner Heppenstallp. 152
66. Letter to Rayner Heppenstallp. 153
67. Review of Tropic of Cancer by Henry Millerp. 154
1936
68. [On Kipling's Death]p. 159
69. Review of The Lively Lady by Kenneth Roberts, etcp. 160
70. Letter to Cyril Connollyp. 162
71. Letter to Sir Richard Rees, Bt.p. 163
72. Review of Penguin Booksp. 165
73. Letter to Jack Commonp. 168
74. The Road to Wigan Pier Diaryp. 170
75. Letter to Jack Commonp. 214
76. Letter to Jack Commonp. 215
77. Letter to Sir Richard Rees, Bt.p. 217
78. Review of Bastard Death by Michael Fraenkel, etcp. 219
79. Letter to John Lehmannp. 221
80. Letter to Geoffrey Gorerp. 221
81. Letter to Anthony Powellp. 223
82. Letter to Denys King-Farlowp. 224
83. Review of The Rock Pool by Cyril Connolly, etcp. 225
84. Letter to Henry Millerp. 227
85. Review of Black Spring by Henry Miller, etcp. 230
86. Letter to Jack Commonp. 233
87. Review of Zest of Life by Johann Wollerp. 234
88. Shooting an Elephantp. 235
89. Bookshop Memoriesp. 242
90. Review of The Calf of Paper by Scholem Asch, etcp. 247
91. In Defence of the Novelp. 249
92. Letter to Leonard Moorep. 256
93. Review of The Novel Today by Philip Hendersonp. 256
1937
94. Postcard to James Hanleyp. 263
95. Your Questions Answeredp. 264
96. Letter to Eileen Blairp. 264
97. Letter to Victor Gollanczp. 267
98. Letter to Mr Thompsonp. 268
99. Letter to Cyril Connollyp. 268
100. Spilling the Spanish Beansp. 269
101. Review of The Spanish Cockpit by Franz Borkenau, etcp. 276
102. Letter to Rayner Heppenstallp. 278
103. Letter to Geoffrey Gorerp. 280
104. Review of The Men I Killed by Brigadier-General F. P. Crozierp. 282
105. Letter to Geoffrey Gorerp. 283
106. Review of Journey to Turkistan by Sir Eric Teichmanp. 286
107. Review of Red Spanish Notebook by Mary Low and Juan Brea, etcp. 287
108. Letter to Jack Commonp. 288
109. Lettercard to Cyril Connollyp. 290
110. Review of Storm over Spain by Mairin Mitchell, etcp. 290
1938
111. Review of Spanish Testament by Arthur Koestlerp. 295
112. Letter to Jack Commonp. 296
113. Letter to the Editor of Time and Tidep. 297
114. Letter to Raymond Mortimerp. 299
115. Letter to Alec Houghton Joycep. 302
116. Letter to Jack Commonp. 303
117. Review of Workers' Front by Fenner Brockwayp. 304
118. Review of Trials in Burma by Maurice Collisp. 306
119. Review of Glimpses and Reflections by John Galsworthyp. 307
120. Letter to Cyril Connollyp. 309
121. Letter to Jack Commonp. 310
122. Letter to Stephen Spenderp. 311
123. Letter to Stephen Spenderp. 312
124. Letter to Jack Commonp. 314
125. Letter to Geoffrey Gorerp. 315
126. Notes on the Spanish Militiasp. 316
127. Letter to Cyril Connollyp. 328
128. Letter to Jack Commonp. 329
129. Letter to the Editor of the New English Weeklyp. 330
130. Review of Assignment in Utopia by Eugene Lyonsp. 332
131. Review of The Freedom of the Streets by Jack Commonp. 335
132. Why I Joined the Independent Labour Partyp. 336
133. Letter to Jack Commonp. 338
134. Review of The Civil War in Spain by Frank Jellinekp. 340
135. Letter to Cyril Connollyp. 343
136. Review of Searchlight on Spain by the Duchess of Athollp. 344
137. Letter to Ida Mabel Blairp. 347
138. Review of The Communist International by Franz Borkenaup. 348
139. Letter to Jack Commonp. 351
140. Letter to Jack Commonp. 352
141. Letter to Jack Commonp. 355
142. Letter to John Sceatsp. 357
143. Letter to John Sceatsp. 360
144. Letter to Cyril Connollyp. 362
145. Letter to Frank Jellinekp. 363
146. Letter to Jack Commonp. 367
1939
147. Review of Power: A New Social Analysis by Bertrand Russellp. 375
148. Letter to Herbert Readp. 377
149. Review of Russia under Soviet Rule by N. de Basilyp. 378
150. Letter to Geoffrey Gorerp. 381
151. Review of Communism and Man by F. J. Sheedp. 383
152. Letter to Herbert Readp. 385
153. Marrakechp. 387
154. Letter to Jack Commonp. 393
155. Not Counting Niggersp. 394
156. Review of Stendhal by F. C. Greenp. 398
157. Democracy in the British Armyp. 401
1940
158. Letter to Victor Gollanczp. 409
159. Letter to Geoffrey Gorerp. 410
160. Review of The Last Days of Madrid by S. Casadop. 411
161. Letter to David H. Thomsonp. 413
162. Charles Dickensp. 413
163. Boys' Weeklies and Frank Richards's Replyp. 460
164. Inside the Whalep. 493
165. Letter to Geoffrey Gorerp. 527
166. Letter to Humphry Housep. 529
167. The Limit to Pessimismp. 533
168. My Country Right or Leftp. 535
Appendix I Books by or containing contributions by George Orwellp. 541
Appendix II Chronologyp. 543
Indexp. 553