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George Orwell is regarded as the greatest political writer in English of the twentieth century. The massive critical literature on Orwell has not only become extremely specialized, and therefore somewhat inaccessible to the nonscholar, but it has also attributed to and even created misconceptions about the man, the writer and his literary legacy. For these reasons, an overview of Orwell's writing and influence is an indispensable resource. Accordingly, this 2007 Companion serves as both an introduction to Orwell's work and furnishes numerous innovative interpretations and fresh critical perspectives on it. Throughout the Companion, which includes chapters dedicated to two of Orwell's major novels, Nineteen Eighty-Four and Animal Farm, Orwell's work is placed within the context of the political and social climate of the time. His response to the Depression, British imperialism, Stalinism, World War II, and the politics of the British Left are also examined.

• Chapters cover a broad range of topics, addressing not only Orwell's life and work, but also his controversial reception and wide-ranging influence • Contributors are internationally-known experts in their respective fields and cover a wide range of disciplines • Will be of interest to readers with an interest in cultural history, history of ideas, sociology and political theory as well as literature


Preface; Notes on contributors; An Orwell calendar John Rodden; 1. A political writer John Rossi and John Rodden; 2. Orwell and the biographers Gordon Bowker; 3. Englands his Englands: Orwell's Britain between the wars Jonathan Rose; 4. The truths of experience: Orwell's nonfiction of the 1930s Margery Sabin; 5. The fictional realist: novels of the 1930s Michael Levenson; 6. Orwell's essays as a literary experience William Cain; 7. 'My Country, Right or Left': Orwell's patriotism John Rossi; 8. Orwell and the British left Ian Williams; 9. Orwell, anti-semitism, and the Holocaust John Newsinger; 10. Orwell and the Cold War Robert Conquest; 11. Animal Farm: history as fable M. Dickstein; 12. Nineteen Eighty-Four: context and controversy B. Crick; 13. Orwell, the academy, and the intellectuals Neil McLaughlin; 14. Orwell for today's reader: an open letter John Rodden; 15. George Orwell: a bibliographic essay Erika Gottlieb; 16. Why Orwell still matters Christopher Hitchens; Further reading.


'This is a genuine companion. The essays are sharp and to the point; never outstay their welcome; and, unlike so much academic writing which seems to be more concerned to address a narrow field of fellow academics, is completely free of jargon. Orwell would have been delighted.' Peter Davison, The Orwell Forum

'…the broad readership that his title will appeal to is well served by this accessible book that would be a welcome addition to both public and academic library collections.' Languages and Literature

' … there are some interesting things in this volume. There is good introductory essays by John Rossi and Jon Rodden …' The Review of English Studies


John Rodden, John Rossi, Gordon Bowker, Jonathan Rose, Margery Sabin, Michael Levenson, William Cain, Ian Williams, John Newsinger, Robert Conquest, M. Dickstein, B. Crick, Neil McLaughlin, Erika Gottlieb, Christopher Hitchens

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