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The Unknown Orwell
The Unknown Orwell introduces Eric Blair, of Eton, the Indian Imperial Police, the Portobello Road, and the Rue du Pot de Fer, who, at the age of 30, on the publication of his first book, Down and Out in Paris and London, became George Orwell. It is divided into five parts, and features studies of Blair's time at Eton, his years in Burma, the phase when he became a writer, ...more
Unknown Binding, First Edition, 271 pages
Published 1972 by Constable & Robinson
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This is the first volume of a two part examination of Orwell’s development as a writer. This volume covers his early life (he was born in 1903 as Eric Blair), up until the publication of his first book, Down and Out in Paris and London, in January of 1933. Throughout his self-described lower-upper-middleclass upbringing, education at Eton, and five year stint in the Indian Imperial Police in Burma, he remained Eric Blair. But he returned to England at age 24 with a hatred for imperialism and a s ...more
Brilliant book and so well written. So many interesting titbits about one of my favourite authors. It really is about how Eric Author Blair became Orwell, which was quite an unconscious decision in the end. Fascinating read on so many levels. I recommend this book very much to Orwell enthusiasts, historians and writers alike. :-)
Peter Stansky is the Frances and Charles Field Professor of History, Emeritus, and has been at Stanford since 1968. He has received two B.A degrees (Yale Colleg3, 1953; King's College, Cambridge, 1959; ) and his Ph.D. from Harvard University (1961). His primary research interests are on Modern British History.More about Peter Stansky...