A generous and varied selection–the only hardcover edition available–of the literary and political writings of one of the greatest essayists of the twentieth century.
Although best known as the author of Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-four, George Orwell left an even more lastingly significant achievement in his voluminous essays, which dealt with all the great social, political, and literary questions of the day and exemplified an incisive prose style that is still universally admired. Included among the more than 240 essays in this volume are Orwell’s famous discussion of pacifism, “My Country Right or Left”; his scathingly complicated views on the dirty work of imperialism in “Shooting an Elephant”; and his very firm opinion on how to make “A Nice Cup of Tea.”
In his essays, Orwell elevated political writing to the level of art, and his motivating ideas–his desire for social justice, his belief in universal freedom and equality, and his concern for truth in language–are as enduringly relevant now, a hundred years after his birth, as ever.
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|Publisher:||Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group|
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Orwell, George. George Orwell: Essays. Knopf: Everyman's Library, New York, 1968. Life under the current Bush administration reminds me more and more of Orwell's 1984. This growing feeling, coupled with a vague recollection of liking Orwell's essay Politics and the English Language caused me to buy this book. Orwell, I believe, has never lost his relevance. His direct writing is refreshing, and his direct confrontation of large social and political issues will always be good for provoking clear thought and debate. This isn't a book I'm going to read cover-to-cover. However, I think I will turn to the book frequently for wisdom and inspiration. Politics and the English Language is as good as I remembered, and I'm applying its precepts to work. Like political speech, the way we talk about everything at work -- ranging from shipping technologies such as DFS to yet-to-be developed technologies like WinFS -- is mired in vagueness and impairs clear thought. Orwell's literary criticism is refreshingly clear. And he also gives clear advice on how to make a good pot of tea!
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