George Orwell

George Orwell

Book - 2003
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An intelligent and subtle biography of George Orwell (1903-1950), the author of '1984' and 'Animal Farm'. The centenary of Orwell's birth is June 2003.

Blackwell North Amer
Big Brother, Newspeak, Room 101, Doublethink. Few writers can boast the brilliant legacy of George Orwell, both in his numerous additions to the English language and his profound influence on world literature. Now, on the centenary of Orwell's birth, Gordon Bowker's new biography brings to life the man behind the words.
Bowker describes the remarkable chapters in Orwell's life: his early childhood and Eton unbringing; his time in Burma as a policeman and his return to England to become a writer; his astonishing reportage about poverty in Britain and France that made his name; fighting against the fascists in Spain and working for the BBC during the war; the extraordinary success of Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four in the years before his death.
But this is a biography that goes far beyond the familiar story of Orwell's life. Drawing on a wealth of new material, Bowker casts absorbing new light on Orwell's character: his superstitious streak and flirtation with black magic; his complex and sometimes reckless sex life; revealing new evidence of his being hunted and spied on in Spain; the strange circumstances of his first marriage and his deathbed wedding to a woman fifteen years his junior.
The portrait that emerges is of a writer of undoubted genius - a glorious combination of acute political insight, crystalline prose and frustrated passion - but also an individual of curious contradictions: a great European with a profound sense of Englishness; a man who championed truth but was deeply deceptive in his own private life; a visionary romantic for whom the economic clarity of his writing was everything.

Publisher: London : Little, Brown, 2003
ISBN: 9780316861151
Branch Call Number: B Orwell G Bo
Characteristics: xvi, 495 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm


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