Every Intellectual's Big Brother

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Overview

John Rodden uses the concept of reception history to shed new light on the way the memory of George Orwell has shaped and been shaped by the intellectuals of the last fifty years.
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Christopher Hitchens
Anybody who toils in the rewarding vineyard of Orwell studies will continually find, more to his pleasure than his discomfort, that John Rodden has been there before him, both tilling the soil and refreshing it.
Christopher Hitchens, journalist, literary critic, and author of more than a dozen books, including Thomas Jefferson: Author of America, Why Orwell Matters, and Letters to a Young Contrarian
John Rossi
A first-class addition to the growing literature on Orwell's literary significance. Rodden brilliantly demonstrates how Orwell influenced such disparate writers as Irving Howe, John Wain, Kingsley Martin, and Norman Podhoretz. His chapters on Howe and Wain alone are by themselves a major contribution to our understanding of the significance of these two important writers. The book is also an excellent overview of the intellectual currents in the Anglo-American literary world during the last half century. Both the specialist in Orwell studies and the educated general reader will find new insights into the impact that Orwell's writings have had.
John Rossi, Professor of History, La Salle University
Christopher Hitchens
Anybody who toils in the rewarding vineyard of Orwell studies will continually find, more to his pleasure than his discomfort, that John Rodden has been there before him, both tilling the soil and refreshing it.
John Rossi
A first-class addition to the growing literature on Orwell’s literary significance. Rodden brilliantly demonstrates how Orwell influenced such disparate writers as Irving Howe, John Wain, Kingsley Martin, and Norman Podhoretz. His chapters on Howe and Wain alone are by themselves a major contribution to our understanding of the significance of these two important writers. The book is also an excellent overview of the intellectual currents in the Anglo-American literary world during the last half century. Both the specialist in Orwell studies and the educated general reader will find new insights into the impact that Orwell’s writings have had.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780292726185
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Prologue. "Orwell" Still Lives
Introduction. George Orwell and His Intellectual Progeny

Part One. Their Orwell, Left and Right
Chapter One. "Not One of Us?" Orwell and the London Left of the 1930s and '40s
Chapter Two. "A Moral Genius": Orwell and the Movement Writers of the 1950s
Chapter Three. "London Letter" from a Family Cousin: The New York Intellectuals' Adoption of Orwell
Chapter Four. "A Leftist by Accident?": Orwell and the American Cultural Conservatives
Chapter Five. Does Orwell Matter? Between Fraternity and Fratricide at the Nation

Part Two. Orwell's Literary Siblings Today
Chapter Six. Iraq, the Internet, and "the Big O" in 2003: A Centennial Report
Chapter Seven. The Man within the Writings
Chapter Eight. Unlessons from My Intellectual Big Brother

Epilogue. On the Ethics of Literary Reputation
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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