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Rodden, John
The Cambridge introduction to George Orwell / John Rodden and John Rossi
Alternate Title George Orwell
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, c2012
book jacket
Location Call Number Status
 4th Floor  PR6029.R8 Z7752 2012    AVAILABLE
Subject Orwell, George, 1903-1950
Physical Description xiv, 130 pages ; 23 cm
Content Type text
Media Type unmediated
Carrier Type volume
Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 115-125) and index
Contents Introduction -- 1I. Life and Context: Background and school days; Burma and the wasted years; The struggle to become a writer; Literary breakthrough; Spain and Orwell's political education; Orwell's war; Last years -- 2. Works: Burmese Days; A Clergyman's Daughter; Keep the Aspidistra Flying; Coming Up for Air; Down and Out in Paris and London; The Road to Wigan Pier; Homage to Catalonia; Orwell, the essayist; "A Hanging" and "Shooting an Elephant"; Inside the Whale; Critical Essays; Animal Farm; Nineteen Eighty-Four -- 3. Critical Reception: Starting out in the 1930s; Critical controversy and popular success; Posthumous fame; "Countdown" to 1-9-8-4; Orwell in the twenty-first century; An afterlife nonpareil; "If Orwell were alive today..."; A reputation evergreen
Summary "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"-- Provided by publisher
"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"-- Provided by publisher
Series Cambridge introductions to literature
Alternate Author Rossi, John, 1936-

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