The Cambridge Introduction to George Orwell

The Cambridge Introduction to George Orwell

Author: John Rodden

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781107376878

Category: Literary Criticism

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Arguably the most influential political writer of the twentieth century, George Orwell remains a crucial voice for our times. Known world-wide for his two best-selling masterpieces Nineteen Eighty-Four, a gripping portrait of a dystopian future, and Animal Farm, a brilliant satire on the Russian Revolution, Orwell has been revered as an essayist, journalist and literary-political intellectual, and his works have exerted a powerful international impact on the post-World War Two era. This Introduction examines Orwell's life, work and legacy, addressing his towering achievement and his ongoing appeal. Combining important biographical detail with close analysis of his writings, the book considers the various genres in which Orwell wrote: the realistic novel, the essay, journalism and the anti-utopia. Ideally suited for readers approaching Orwell's work for the first time, the book concludes with an extended reflection on why George Orwell has enjoyed a literary afterlife unprecedented among modern authors in any language.

Reading and Interpreting the Works of George Orwell

Reading and Interpreting the Works of George Orwell

Author: Audrey Borus

Publisher: Enslow Publishing, LLC

ISBN: 9780766083547

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 130

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As a young man, Eric Blair, better known as George Orwell, traveled to Spain to fight in that country’s civil war. Although he was a British citizen, he felt the need to fight for the rights of the oppressed in that country. As the writer of the classics Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four, Orwell used his pen to comment on power and corruption in government and how they affect society. This text takes an in-depth look at Orwell’s novels and essays in the context of his own fascinating life and times. It analyzes his style, themes, and use of language, while also asking readers to consider how this prescient author and his works are still relevant in today’s world.

Student Companion to Arthur Miller

Student Companion to Arthur Miller

Author: Susan C. W. Abbotson

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 0313309493

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 192

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Examines Arthur Miller's life, his literary heritage, and eight works from "All my Sons" to "The Ride Down Mt. Morgan," discusses literary style, points of view, and setting, and offers analyses from different critical approaches.

Orwell

Orwell

Author: Richard Bradford

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781448218196

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 304

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One of the most enduringly popular and controversial writers of the twentieth century, George Orwell's work is as relevant today as it was in his own lifetime. Possibly, in the age of Brexit, Trump, and populism, even more so. 'Doublethink' features in Nineteen Eighty-Four and it is the forerunner to 'Fake News'. He foresaw the creation of the EU and more significantly he predicted that post-Imperial xenophobia would cause Britain to leave it. His struggle with his own antisemitism could serve as a lesson to today's Labour Party and while the Soviet Union is gone, China has taken its place as a totalitarian superpower. Aside from his importance as a political theorist and novelist, Orwell's life is fascinating in its own right. Caught between uncertainty and his family's upper middle-class complacency, Orwell grew to despise the class system that spawned him despite finding himself unable to fully detach himself from it. His life thereafter mirrored the history of his country; like many from his background he devoted himself to socialism as a salve to his conscience. In truth he reserved as much suspicion and distaste for the 'proles' as he did pity. He died at the point when Britain's status as an Imperial and world power had waned but his work remains both prescient and significant. Orwell: A Man of Our Time offers a vivid portrait of the man behind the writings, and places him and his work at the centre of the current political landscape.

Student Companion to Ernest Hemingway

Student Companion to Ernest Hemingway

Author: Lisa Tyler

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 0313310564

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 210

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Provides background information on the life of Ernest Hemingway and his development as a writer, and includes critical examinations of his major works, his short fiction, and works published posthumously.

The Routledge Doctoral Student's Companion

The Routledge Doctoral Student's Companion

Author: Pat Thomson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136975141

Category: Education

Page: 444

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This volume addresses a set of interlocking and overlapping big questions that 'sit' behind the plethora of doctoral advice texts and run through the practice of knowledge/identity work. This book is a comprehensive guide to the literature surrounding doctorates, bringing together questions, challenges and solutions.