George Orwell

George Orwell

by Gordon Bowker
     
 

ISBN-10: 0349115516

ISBN-13: 9780349115511

Pub. Date: 04/28/2004

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group

George Orwell was one of the greatest writers England produced in the last century. He left an enduring mark on our language and culture, with concepts such as 'Big Brother' and 'Room 101.' His reputation rests not only on his political shrewdness and his sharp satires (Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four) but also on his marvellously clear style and superb essays

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George Orwell was one of the greatest writers England produced in the last century. He left an enduring mark on our language and culture, with concepts such as 'Big Brother' and 'Room 101.' His reputation rests not only on his political shrewdness and his sharp satires (Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four) but also on his marvellously clear style and superb essays, which rank with the best ever written. Gordon Bowker's new biography, written to coincide with Orwell's centenary, includes fascinating new material which brings his life into unfamiliar focus. He writes revealingly about Orwell's family background; the lasting influence of Eton on his work and character; his superstitious streak and youthful flirtation with black magic; and his chaotic and reckless sex life, which included at least one homoerotic relationship. It highlights the strange circumstances of his first marriage and provides remarkable new evidence of his experiences in Spain and their nightmarish consequences. It also offers a fresh look at his peculiar deathbed marriage to a woman fifteen years his junior. All this has enabled Bowker to give Orwell's life a brilliantly fresh and distinctive interpretation.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780349115511
Publisher:
Little, Brown Book Group
Publication date:
04/28/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
512
Sales rank:
1,392,462
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.75(h) x 1.25(d)

Table of Contents

Prefacexi
1The Inheritance1
2'The Golden Age'13
3Pathos and Nightmare28
4'Absorbing Wisdom Unawares'51
5'The Pain of Exile'75
6Picking up the Thread96
7Getting a Footing116
8The Invention of George Orwell134
9Tory Anarchist Meets James Joyce154
10Journeys of Discovery180
11The Spanish Betrayal201
12The Road to Morocco228
13One Character in Search of a War253
14War of Words281
15Tribune of the People304
16The Dark Side of Solitude323
17The Man Who Loved Islands348
18The Nightmare and the Novel366
19The End of the Beginning391
20Life After Death419
Notes435
Bibliography470
Acknowledgements472
Index475

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