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Critical Essays By George Orwell

Critical Essays by George Orwell

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These essays follow Orwell as he demonstrates in piece after piece how intent analysis of a work or a body of work gives rise to trenchant aesthetic and philosophical commentary.

Critical Essays Summary

Critical Essays by George Orwell

As a critic, George Orwell cast a wide net. Equally at home in discussing Charles Dickens and Charlie Chaplin, he moved back and forth across the porous borders between essay and journalism, high art and low. A frequent commentator on literature, language, film and drama throughout his career, Orwell turned increasingly to the critical essay in the 1940s, when his most important experiences were behind him and some of his most incisive criticism lay ahead.

These essays follow Orwell as he demonstrates in piece after piece how intent analysis of a work or a body of work gives rise to trenchant aesthetic and philosophical commentary. With masterpieces such as 'Politics and the English Language' and 'Rudyard Kipling' and gems such as 'Good Bad Books', here is an unrivalled education in - as George Packer puts it in his foreword to this new two-volume collection - 'how to be interesting, line after line'.

Critical Essays Reviews

Best known for novels 1984 and Animal Farm, Orwell was also a superb essayist, and these two fine collections display his breadth of topic and depth of skill... Unpretentious, intelligent, compassionate and brilliantly insightful -- Doug Johnstone * Big Issue *
It is [his] critical essays which strike home and are reread... His essays form the laurels of the crown on his troubled brow * Spectator *
Orwell's essays are among the best things he did * Daily Telegraph *

About George Orwell

George Orwell (1903-1950) is one of England's most famous writers and social commentators. He is the author of the classic political satire Animal Farm and the dystopian masterpiece Nineteen Eighty-Four. He is also well known for his essays and journalism, particularly his works covering his travels and his time fighting in the Spanish Civil War. His writing is celebrated for its piercing clarity, purpose and wit and his books continue to be bestsellers all over the world. Keith Gessen was born in Russia and raised in Massachusetts. A contributor to The New Yorker, The New York Times Book Review, and New York magazine, he is also a founding editor of the literary magazine n+1. He is the translator of the National Book Critics Circle Award-winning Voices from Chernobyl, the forthcoming Penguin Classics edition of Ludmila Petruskevskaya's Scary Fairy Tales, and he wrote the introduction to the Penguin Classics edition of Mikhail Bulgakov's A Dead Man's Memoir. Gessen lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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GOR003861093
9781846553264
1846553261
Critical Essays by George Orwell
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Vintage Publishing
2009-07-02
416
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