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Penguin Books Limited, Jun 29, 2000 - Literary Collections - 496 pages
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These essays, reviews and articles illuminate the life and work of one of the most individual writers of this century - a man who created a unique literary manner from the process of thinking aloud and who elevated political writing to an art.

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User Review  - pessoanongrata - LibraryThing

"Shooting an Elephant" is the best narrative essay I have ever read. He surpasses what most fiction writers could ever aspire to evoke in their writing, and he does so in a few pages... "A Hanging ... Read full review

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User Review  - ritaer - LibraryThing

Some essays no longer relevant except to students of era, some classics, such as "A Hanging" and "Shooting an Elephant". Reflects Orwells fear of totalitarian government and disappointment with English socialists. Read full review

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About the author (2000)

Eric Arthur Blair (1903-1950), better known by his pen-name, George Orwell, was born in India, where his father worked for the Civil Service. An author and journalist, Orwell was one of the most prominent and influential figures in twentieth-century literature. His unique political allegory Animal Farm was published in 1945, and it was this novel, together with the dystopia of Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949), which brought him world-wide fame. His novels and non-fiction include Burmese Days, Down and Out in Paris and London, The Road to Wigan Pier and Homage to Catalonia.

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