This outstanding collection brings together Orwell’s longer, major essays and a fine selection of shorter pieces that includes My Country Right or Left, Decline of the English Murder, Shooting an Elephant and A Hanging.
With great originality and wit Orwell unfolds his views on subjects ranging from the moral enormity of Jonathan Swift’s strange genius and a revaluation ofThis outstanding collection brings together Orwell’s longer, major essays and a fine selection of shorter pieces that includes My Country Right or Left, Decline of the English Murder, Shooting an Elephant and A Hanging.
With great originality and wit Orwell unfolds his views on subjects ranging from the moral enormity of Jonathan Swift’s strange genius and a revaluation of Charles Dickens to the nature of Socialism, a comic yet profound discussion of naughty sea-side picture postcards and a spirited defence of English cooking. Displaying an almost unrivalled mastery of English plain prose style, Orwell’s essays challenge, move and entertain.
Why I Write
Shooting an Elephant
Inside the Whale
My Country Right or Left
The Lion and the Unicorn
Wells, Hitler and the World State
The Art of Donald McGill
Looking Back on the Spanish War
Poetry and the Microphone
Benefit of Clergy; Some Notes on Salvador Dali
Raffles and Miss Blandish
Antisemitism in Britain
In Defence of P.G. Wodehouse
Notes on Nationalism
Good Bad Books
The Sporting Spirit
The Prevention of Literature
Books v. Cigarettes
Decline of the English Murder
Politics and the English Language
Some Thoughts on the Common Toad
A Good Word for the Vicar of Bray
Confessions of a Book Reviewer
Politics vs Literature: An Examination of Gulliver's Travels
How the Poor Die
Riding Down from Bangor
Lear, Tolstoy and the Fool
Such, Such Were the Joys
Writers and Leviathan
Reflections on Gandhi...more
Paperback, Modern Classics, 496 pages
Published June 29th 2000 by Penguin Classics (first published January 1st 1963)
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.
Though 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.