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Orwell : wintry conscience of a generation

by Meyers, Jeffrey.

Format: Print Book 2000
Availability: Available at 5 Libraries 5 of 5 copies
Available (5)
Location Collection Call #
Bethel Park Public Library Biography 92 ORWELL George
Location  Bethel Park Public Library
 
Collection  Biography
 
Call Number  92 ORWELL George
 
 
CLP - Main Library Second Floor - Non-fiction PR6029.R8 Z736 2000
Location  CLP - Main Library
 
Collection  Second Floor - Non-fiction
 
Call Number  PR6029.R8 Z736 2000
 
 
Carnegie Library of Homestead Non Fiction 92 Orwe
Location  Carnegie Library of Homestead
 
Collection  Non Fiction
 
Call Number  92 Orwe
 
 
Shaler North Hills Library Biography 92 ORWELL
Location  Shaler North Hills Library
 
Collection  Biography
 
Call Number  92 ORWELL
 
 
Upper St. Clair Township Library Non-fiction 823 ORWELL BIO/CRIT
Location  Upper St. Clair Township Library
 
Collection  Non-fiction
 
Call Number  823 ORWELL BIO/CRIT
 
 
Summary
This, the first biography to draw on a close study of the new Complete Works, sheds a new light on this extraordinary literary figure through interviews with family and friends, and research into material in the Orwell archive. It also includes unpublished photographs. A child of the waning British empire, Orwell came to reject the class system and through his writing forged a new social consciousness that continues to engage modern intellectual thought. Meyers reveals the human failings of this creative visionary and offers a dark - but nuanced - portrait of the legendary figure.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Seasoned literary biographer Meyers is as agile and insightful as ever in this dramatic account of Orwell's unusual and brief but incalculably influential life. Born Eric Blair in 1903 in northern India, Orwell was raised in England but harbored an abiding guilt over his family's imperialist pursuits and the injustices of colonialism. So vehement was his disdain for middle-class values and his identification with the underdog, he joined the Burma Police rather than attend a university, a punishing endeavor that only deepened his empathy for the poor and the oppressed. Determined to write from firsthand experience about poverty, he returned to England and set off "tramping," living a grueling hand-to-mouth existence that, coupled with his harrowing combat experience in the Spanish Civil War, ruined his precarious health but shaped his passionate essays and world-changing novels, especially Animal Farm (1945) and Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949). With wit and acumen, Meyers portrays a complex, eccentric, intelligent, and unbending man hard on family and friends, a writer of singular gifts, and a "prophetic moralist" whose vision continues to illuminate society's dark side. --Donna Seaman"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Orwell, George, -- 1903-1950.
Authors, English -- 20th century -- Biography.
Literature and society -- England -- History -- 20th century.
Politics and literature -- England -- History -- 20th century.
Publisher New York :W.W. Norton & Co.,2000
Edition 1st ed.
Language English
Description xvi, 380 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages [367]-369) and index.
ISBN 039304792X
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