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Orwell and England

Selected Essays

George Orwell Michael Gardiner

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Macmillan
12 January 2021
George Orwell wrote extensively about English life and politics. The selection of essays and journalism in Orwell and England brings together some of his most provocative and insightful writing on England and Englishness.

Part of the Macmillan Collector's Library; a series of stunning, clothbound, pocket sized classics with gold foiled edges and ribbon markers. These beautiful books make perfect gifts or a treat for any book lover. This edition is edited and introduced by Professor Michael Gardiner.

Orwell's interests were broad. He often wrote about everyday concerns such as transport, food and the weather. Turning to social issues, he exposed the plight of the poor and the unemployed. He dissected the idea of nationalism and he examined the failings of the Left. What emerges from his acute observation of English rituals, habits and attitudes is his belief that these are the very things with which the English people can defend themselves against oppression. His writing remains insightful and prescient to this day.
By:   George Orwell
Introduction by:   Michael Gardiner
Imprint:   Macmillan
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 156mm,  Width: 101mm,  Spine: 18mm
Weight:   148g
ISBN:   9781529032697
ISBN 10:   1529032695
Series:   Macmillan Collector's Library
Pages:   224
Publication Date:   12 January 2021
Recommended Age:   From 18 years
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Eric Arthur Blair (George Orwell) was born in 1903 in India, where his father was a civil servant. After studying at Eton, he served with the Indian Imperial Police in Burma for several years, and this inspired his first novel, Burmese Days. After two years in Paris, he returned to England to work as a teacher and then in a bookshop. In 1936 he travelled to Spain to fight for the Republicans in the Spanish Civil War, where he was badly wounded. During the Second World War he worked for the BBC. A prolific journalist and essayist, Orwell wrote some of the most influential books in English literature, including the dystopian Nineteen Eighty-Four and his political allegory Animal Farm. He died from tuberculosis in 1950.

Reviews for Orwell and England: Selected Essays

His [Orwell's] real talent was for analysing and explaining a tumultuous period in human history. -- Dorian Lynsky * Guardian * In my 20s, I discovered Orwell's essays and nonfiction books and reread them so many times that my copies started to disintegrate. -- George Packer * The Atlantic *


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