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A Kind of Compulsion: 1903-1936 (The Complete Works of George Orwell, Vol. 10)

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Volume 10 of The Complete Works of George Orwell

This volume begins with Orwell's illustrated letters home from prep school and the stories, poems and contributions to college publications he wrote at Eton. Then there are his articles and essays on poverty, censorship and imperialist exploitation first published in Paris in 1928-29, his early reviews, his first important es
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Paperback, 672 pages
Published September 7th 2000 by Secker (first published 1998)
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Sarah (Presto agitato)
A Kind of Compulsion is Volume 10 of The Complete Works of George Orwell. The first nine volumes are Orwell’s books. Volumes 10-20 contain his letters, essays, poems, journalism, book reviews, movie reviews, diaries, drawings, tax records, long division calculations, grocery lists, ticket stubs, and sudoku puzzles. Okay, I’m exaggerating a little bit, but only a little (I’m not kidding about the long division).

This volume is aptly titled, because editor Peter Davison clearly had a kind of compu
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Mary Ronan Drew
Dec 18, 2011 Mary Ronan Drew rated it it was amazing
This first volume of Orwell's letters and other writings begins with a note written to his mother from school when he was six years old and continues until he leaves for Spain to fight in the civil war. To read every scrap of writing Orwell put to paper for so many years impresses on the reader his immense skill with the English language and the strongly held opinions he formed very early in his school years.
Dick
holyfuckingshit40000.blogspot.com , 20 volume Orwell set. Brand new, at the College. Absolute political, prosaic, poetic, epistolary, and, of course, most importantly, proletarian dopeness. Orwell is also clearly a master poetic architect possessing and wielding, once again, his signature immensity of clarity. This one I found appropriate for the current autumnal/summer meteorological tumults:

Summer-like for an instant the autumn sun bursts out,
And the light through the turning elms is green
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Badger
May 29, 2010 Badger rated it it was amazing
How can I not give this twentieth part of a masterpiece of scholarship five stars? And that's without commenting on the author, which would be quite superfluous.

Get this, from an eight year old Eric Blair:

Dear Mother
I hope you are quite well, thanks for that letter you sent me I havent read it yet. I supose you want to know what schools like, its alright we have fun in the morning. When we are in bed.

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E. Blair.

There are no less than eight footnotes to that, the first known example of the writ
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Vasil Kolev
Jul 14, 2014 Vasil Kolev rated it it was amazing
The first tome of the complete works (excluding the books/novels), it shows the development of Orwell as a writer. His style starts really showing at the middle of the book, and at the end is pretty much there.
The book encompasses at least half of his writing career - half of his books were written in this period. It ends with his leaving for Catalonia and the publication of "The road to Wigan pier".
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Eric Arthur Blair, better known by his pen name George Orwell, was an English author and journalist. His work is marked by keen intelligence and wit, a profound awareness of social injustice, an intense opposition to totalitarianism, a passion for clarity in language, and a belief in democratic socialism.

In addition to his literary career Orwell served as a a police officer with the Indian Imperia
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