John Rodden has taught at the University of Virginia and the University of Texas at Austin. His books include The Cambridge Companion to George Orwell, The Cambridge Introduction to George Orwell, and The Politics of Literary Reputation: The Making and Claiming of St. George Orwell. He lives in Austin, Texas.
John Rodden has been a force to be reckoned with in Orwell scholarship for more than thirty years, and Becoming George Orwell is a highly astute and original study. D. J. Taylor, author of Orwell: The Life oeBecoming George Orwell combines biography with attention to literary analysis in a way that is both rare and illuminating. John Rodden has established himself as one of the premier authorities on Orwell. Paul A. Cantor, author of Shakespeare (TM)s Roman Trilogy The distinguished Orwell scholar John Rodden has written a wide-ranging book that is rich with unexpected and perceptive insights on a powerful and influential writer. With great panache and much imagination, he illuminates Orwell's writings and provides us with a better understanding of what he was and what he has become in the almost seventy years since his death. Peter Stansky, coauthor of The Unknown Orwell and Orwell: The Transformation oeRodden (TM)s timely and important book is clearly written, briskly paced, and very informative a significant contribution to Orwell studies. Engaging from start to finish, Becoming George Orwell is an outstanding piece of critical and scholarly work. William E. Cain, coeditor of The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism