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The Cambridge Introduction to George Orwell
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The Cambridge Introduction to George Orwell
Cambridge University Press
9780521769235 - The Cambridge Introduction to George Orwell - By John Rodden and John Rossi
Table of Contents

Contents

Preface
ix
Acknowledgments
xi
Chronology
xiii
Introduction
1
1       Life and context
6
Background and schooldays
6
Burma and “the wasted years”
10
The struggle to become a writer
13
Literary breakthrough
16
Spain and Orwell’s political education
20
Orwell’s war
24
Last years
28
2       Works
31
Burmese Days
31
A Clergyman’s Daughter
35
Keep the Aspidistra Flying
38
Coming Up for Air
42
Down and Out in Paris and London
46
The Road to Wigan Pier
52
Homage to Catalonia
57
Orwell the essayist
61
“A Hanging” and “Shooting an Elephant”
64
Inside the Whale
66
Critical Essays
69
Animal Farm
72
Nineteen Eighty-Four
80
3       Critical reception
86
Starting out in the 1930s
86
Critical controversy and popular success
88
Posthumous fame
96
“Countdown” to 1–9–8–4
102
Orwell in the twenty-first century
105
An afterlife nonpareil
108
“If Orwell were alive today . . .”
109
A reputation evergreen
111
Notes
115
Select bibliography
122
Index
126



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