Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell
Penguin Books 972
Vernon Richards George Orwell (whose real name was Eric Blair) was born in India in 1903, and was educated at Eton. His subsequent career was very varied, and it will be noted that much of his writing is a record of his experiences. From 1922 to 1928 he served in Burma in the Indian Imperial Police. For the next two years he lived in Paris, and then came to England as a school-teacher. Later he worked in a bookshop. In 1937 he went to Spain to fight for the Republicans and was wounded. During World War II he was a member of the Home Guard and worked for the B.B.C. In 1943 he joined the staff of Tribune, contributing a regular page of political and literary commentary, As I Please. He later became a regular contributor to the Observer, for which newspaper he went as special correspondent to France and Germany. He was taken seriously ill in the winter of 1948—9 and died in London in January 1950. His first wife had died in 1945. Shortly before his death he married Sonia Brownell, at that time Assistant Editor of Horizon.
His publications include 'Down and Out in London and Paris' and 'Burmese Days' (which have both been published in this series), 'The Road to Wigan Pier', 'Homage to Catalonia, and Inside the Whale'. Orwell's name became widely known with the publication, in 1945, of 'Animal Farm' (Penguin 838). This satire on Soviet Russia has sold over copies of the American and English editions, and has been translated into 14 foreign languages. His last novel, Nineteen Eighty-Four, published in 1949, has had a similar success, and the television adaptation aroused public interest to an extraordinary degree.
Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell, very good copy (pages and cover discolored and light signs of use and wear along the edges. Handwritten initials on endpaper, but otherwise still nice and tight! Probably read little and carefully).
Penguin Books, 1959, pocket, 251 pages
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