The Collected Essays, Journalism, and Letters of George Orwell: As I please, 1943-1945

The Collected Essays, Journalism, and Letters of George Orwell: As I please, 1943-1945

Author: George Orwell

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015004217231

Category: Journalists

Page: 466

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George Orwell is a major figure in twentieth-century literature. During his lifetime he published ten books and two collections of essays. Orwell seldom "reported" and he never took a line other than the one himself felt at the moment of writing. His essays are certainly some of the greatest in that most difficult genre. His widow and her co-editor have collected everything Orwell would have considered an essay, all the journalism that was not purely ephemeral, and those letters which contribute to our understanding of his life and writing. The material is arranged chronologically, and gives a continuous picture of Orwell's life as well as his work. -- From publisher's description.

George Orwell

George Orwell

Author: Robert Colls

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199680801

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 359

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An intellectual who did not like intellectuals, a socialist who did not trust the state, a liberal who was against free markets, a Protestant who believed in religion but not in God, a fierce opponent of nationalism who defined Englishness for a generation. Aside from being one of the greatest political essayists in the English language and author of two of the most famous books in twentieth century literature, George Orwell was a man of profound contradictions. George Orwell:English Rebel takes us through the many twists and turns of Orwell's life and thought, from precocious, public school satirist at Eton and imperial policeman in Burma, through his early years as a rather dour documentary writer, and his formative experiences as a volunteer soldier in the Spanish Civil War. Robert Colls traces, in particular, Orwell's complex relationship with his country, from the alienated intellectual of the mid-1930s through a gradual reconciliation, to the exhilarating peaks of his wartime writing. He explores the mistakes and contradictions, the lucky escapes and near misses, and what they tell us about Orwell as man and author.

A George Orwell Chronology

A George Orwell Chronology

Author: J. Hammond

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9780230286801

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 122

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George Orwell is now acknowledged as one of the most significant literary figures of the twentieth century. As novelist, essayist and author of a number of outstanding works of reportage he has exercised an influence on modern thought which is increasingly being recognised. In this new work J.R. Hammond offers a definitive chronology of Orwell, which takes account of the latest research into his life and times and provides an overview of the life of a major writer.

George Orwell’s Commander in Spain

George Orwell’s Commander in Spain

Author: Marc Wildemeersch

Publisher: Thames River Press

ISBN: 9780857281982

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 144

View: 756

With a focus on the relationship between Orwell and Kopp during the Spanish Civil War, ‘George Orwell’s Commander in Spain: The Enigma of Georges Kopp’ is the first biography of a fascinating figure: double spy, fraud, brilliant inventor and stout-hearted commander.

Quicklet on George Orwell's 1984

Quicklet on George Orwell's 1984

Author: Tiffanie Wen

Publisher: Hyperink Inc

ISBN: 9781614646754

Category: Study Aids

Page: 42

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ABOUT THE BOOK Few novels have influenced the way generations of readers shaped their understanding of society as much as George Orwell’s 1984, or added as many terms to the English lexicon: Big Brother, doublethink, Room 101, and thoughtcrime, to name a few. Even the term “Orwellian” invokes an immediate sense of caution against a repressive totalitarian regime who monitors our every move and manipulates the masses for its own gain. Published by British publisher Secker and Warburg in 1949, only one year before the author’s death, 1984 is one of the most popular English novels of all time and has been translated into over 65 languages. In 2005, Time Magazine listed 1984 as one of the best English-language novels since 1923. According to banned-books.org.uk, the novel was banned in the USSR for its criticisms of Stalin’s regime. It was also banned in Florida for its communist and sexual content. EXCERPT FROM THE BOOK For the first time in the novel, Winston is not alone. Chapter 3 The next time Winston and Julia meet is a couple weeks later in a belfry of a deserted church. Winston discovers that Julia is 26, works in the Fiction Department at the Ministry of Truth (at one point she even worked on Porncsec, creating cheap porn for Proles), lost her virginity at 16, and hates the Party, in a kind of superficial, rebellious-youth kind of way. In turn, Winston tells Julia about his wife Katharine, how she made sex unbearable, and how on one occasion, he was tempted to kill her by pushing her over a cliff. When Julia asks him if he regretted not doing it, Winston tells her it doesn’t make a difference. He says, “In this game we’re playing, we can’t win.” Julia is annoyed by Winston’s fatalist attitude, dismisses his talk about dying and makes plans to meet again. — In chapter 3, two important distinctions are made between Winston’s deep-rooted rebellion against the Party, and Julia’s more superficial one. While Winston dreams of an organized rebellion led by the Brotherhood and backed in real numbers by the Proles, Julia’s ideal is to simply living under the Party while taking as many liberties as possible, since an organized rebellion would never work. While Winston can vaguely remember a time before the Revolution, the young Julia has known nothing but Party rule and rebels against its doctrines like a teenager rebelling against his parents. “Except when it touched upon her own life she had no interest in Party doctrine...She had never heard of the Brotherhood, and refused to believe in its existence. Any kind of organized revolt against the Party, which was bound to be a failure, struck her as stupid. The clever thing was to break the rules and stay alive all the same...” (131). In this chapter we also see a distinction between Winston’s fatalistic attitude and Julia’s relatively optimistic one. Whenever Winston expresses his belief that their actions against the Party mean they are as good as dead, Julia can’t understand his apparent decision to give up on life as it is. Though she understands the ramifications of betraying the Party, Julia still refuses to accept defeat in her daily life. “In a way she realized that she herself was doomed, that sooner or later the Thought Police would catch her and kill her, but with another part of her mind she believed that it was somehow possible to construct a secret world in which you could live as you chose... Buy the book to continue reading! Follow @hyperink on Twitter! Visit us at www.facebook.com/hyperink! Go to www.hyperink.com to join our newsletter and get awesome freebies! CHAPTER OUTLINE Quicklet on George Orwell's 1984 George Orwell's 1984 + About the Book + About the Author + Overall Summary + Chapter-by-Chapter Summary and Commentary + ...and much more

Gale Researcher Guide for: George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four

Gale Researcher Guide for: George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four

Author: Rob Breton

Publisher: Gale, Cengage Learning

ISBN: 9781535851572

Category: Study Aids

Page: 7

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Gale Researcher Guide for: George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four is selected from Gale's academic platform Gale Researcher. These study guides provide peer-reviewed articles that allow students early success in finding scholarly materials and to gain the confidence and vocabulary needed to pursue deeper research.

The Unsung Artistry of George Orwell

The Unsung Artistry of George Orwell

Author: Dr Loraine Saunders

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 9781409474975

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 170

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In a timely and radically new reappraisal of George Orwell's fiction, Loraine Saunders reads Orwell's novels as tales of successful emancipation rather than as chronicles of failure. Contending that Orwell's novels have been undervalued as works of art, she offers extensive textual analysis to reveal an author who is in far more control of his prose than has been appreciated. Persuasively demonstrating that Orwell's novels of the 1930s such as A Clergyman's Daughter and Keep the Aspidistra Flying are no less important as literature than Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four, Saunders argues they have been victims of a critical tradition whose practitioners have misunderstood Orwell's narrative style, failed to appreciate Orwell's political stance, and were predisposed to find little merit in Orwell's novels. Saunders devotes significant attention to George Gissing's influence on Orwell, particularly with regard to his representations of women. She also examines Orwell's socialism in the context of the political climate of the 1930s, finding that Orwell, in his successful negotiation of the fine balance between art and propaganda, had much more in common with Charlie Chaplin than with writers like Stephen Spender or W. H. Auden. As a result of Saunders's detailed and accessible analysis, which illuminates how Orwell harmonized allegory with documentary, polyphonic voice with monophonic, and elegy with comedy, Orwell's contributions to the genre of political fiction are finally recognized.

A Study Guide for George Orwell's 1984

A Study Guide for George Orwell's 1984

Author: Gale, Cengage Learning

Publisher: Gale, Cengage Learning

ISBN: 9781410335302

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 15

View: 463

A Study Guide for George Orwell's "1984," excerpted from Gale's acclaimed Novels for Students.This concise study guide includes plot summary; character analysis; author biography; study questions; historical context; suggestions for further reading; and much more. For any literature project, trust Novels for Students for all of your research needs.