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These and so many more ideas that shape the way we talk about politics came from the pen of Eric Arthur Blair, better known as George Orwell. When people speak out against oppressive regimes or argue that the government has gone too far in snooping into their private lives, they tend to invoke ideas that Orwell first articulated sixty years ago. Orwell used his sharp wit and voracious intellectual curiosity to skewer everything from the atomic bomb to misuse of the English language. He traveled the globe in his quest to understand more about how the world works (destroying his health in the process; after a lifetime of health trouble, he succumbed to tuberculosis at the age of 46). His experiences made him a passionate supporter of socialism and an equally vociferous opponent of totalitarianism. His masterpiece novels and remain the quintessential arguments against the authoritarian state.

Orwell's goal, as he put it in an essay explaining what drove him to write, was "to make political writing into an art." He staunchly refused to veer into hysteria or inaccuracy in order to get his point across, and argued that if a book was boring, it didn't matter what point the writer had to make in the first place. His name and his "Orwellian" creations are frequently invoked today in ways that would probably make real George Orwell cringe. He had no desire to be a prophet or an idol. In the discipline of his craft, the originality of his ideas, and his courage to write what he believed, George Orwell convinces us (and please, George, forgive the cliché) that the pen really is mightier than the sword.

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So often with great writers the literary scavengers go to work and come up with dross, known as 'laundry lists'. There are none here. Instead you get a revealing and touching correspondence between Orwell and his French translator for Down and Out in Paris and London, René-Noel Raimbault. The effort to get a preface from a well-known French literary figure is almost comical, as is the French title, (a phrase implying 'to suffer great hardship' or 'to rough it').

Collected Essays, by George Orwell - Adelaide

During the first part of 1945, into the summer, Orwell served a stint as acorrespondent (at home and abroad) for and the He also managed to squeeze in other writing, as for examplehis contribution to (designed as "a collection of stories,articles, and pictures for the junior members of the family"). Orwell'sarticle, drawing on his correspondent experiences appeared in initialissue in late 1945. He made no concessions to the age of his readers. editors (who included Andre Deutsch, later an influential, maverick,left-leaning U.K. publisher) correctly assessed Orwell's report as "anattempt to describe the actual state of the world and the immediate problemsthat face us." Orwell, said their preface to his article, "sets out toshow that these problems CAN be solved, but at the same time emphasises thatthere is not much cause for optimism in the world to-day."

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Once dead, however, she could no longer censor what she disapproved of, and I engaged Peter Davison to do a proper edition of these shorter items. We agreed that 'complete' would mean six volumes rather than four.

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Narrative Essays (Complete Works of George Orwell)

After my departure Secker & Warburg changed ownership no less than four times, and when the redoubtable Davison turned up with the newly discovered and remarkable material now published as The Lost Orwell he was told that Secker would not be able to publish it because it would not sell enough copies. This was a stroke of luck for the fledgling Timewell Press.

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This is the American edition of . An edition of 5,000copies was published in April 1956, to good reviews like its Englishcounterpart. This copy belonged to Anthony Hobson, who noted on the inside frontcover "George Orwell's copy with corrections in his hand. Given c. 1961 bySonia Orwell to Cyril Connolly, who had discovered it in the loft of her flat inCharlotte Street, and by Deirdre Connolly to me. May 1975 ARAH."

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Both of us underestimated Davison's capacities as an Orwellian truffle hound. It became a joke between us that when we met my greeting was no longer, 'Hello, Peter', but 'So how many volumes is it today?' When The Complete Works were published in 1988, the 'Essays etc' filled 11 substantial volumes and were part of a magnificent edition of 20 volumes in all.