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The Cambridge Introduction to George Orwell

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  • Date Published: July 2012
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521132558

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  • 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 1984, 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.

    • Includes detailed analysis of Nineteen Eighty-Four and Animal Farm, providing a greater understanding of two of the most influential books of the twentieth century
    • Clearly organised into sections covering Orwell's life and context, works and critical reception and includes a chronology of Orwell's key dates and suggestions for further reading
    • Examines Orwell's continuing legacy and his importance in today's cultural imagination
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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2012
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521132558
    • length: 148 pages
    • dimensions: 224 x 150 x 10 mm
    • weight: 0.25kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Life and Context:
    1. Background and school days
    2. Burma and the wasted years
    3. The struggle to become a writer
    4. Orwell's breakthrough
    5. Spain and Orwell's political education
    6. Orwell's war
    7. Last years
    Part II. Works:
    8. Burmese Days
    9. A Clergyman's Daughter
    10. Keep the Aspidistra Flying
    11. Coming Up for Air
    12. Down and Out in Paris and London
    13. The Road to Wigan Pier
    14. Homage to Catalonia
    15. Orwell, the essayist
    16. A Hanging and Shooting an Elephant
    17. Inside the Whale
    18. Critical Essays
    19. Animal Farm
    20. Nineteen Eighty-Four
    Part III. Critical Reception:
    21. Starting out in the 1930s
    22. Critical controversy and popular success
    23. Posthumous fame
    24. 'Countdown' to 1-9-8-4
    25. Orwell in the twenty-first century
    26. An afterlife nonpareil
    27. 'If Orwell were alive today'
    28. A reputation evergreen
    Select bibliography.

  • Authors

    John Rodden, University of Texas, Austin
    John Rodden has taught at the University of Virginia and the University of Texas, Austin. He has authored or edited a number of books on Orwell, including The Cambridge Companion to George Orwell (2007).

    John Rossi, La Salle University, Philadelphia
    John Rossi is Professor Emeritus of History at La Salle University, Philadelphia. Along with his interest in George Orwell, he has also written extensively about major topics in British history, particularly the life and times of Winston Churchill.

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