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The Cambridge Companion to George Orwell (Cambridge Companions to Literature)
by John Rodden , John Rossi , Morris Dickstein , Bernard Crick , Neil McLaughlin , Erika Gottlieb , Christopher Hitchens , Gordon Bowker , more…Jonathan Rose , Margery Sabin , Michael Levenson , William E. Cain , Ian Williams , John Newsinger , Robert Conquest …less
George Orwell is regarded as the greatest political writer in English of the twentieth century. The massive critical literature on Orwell has not only become extremely specialized, and therefore somewhat inaccessible to the nonscholar, but it has also attributed to and even created misconceptions about the man, the writer and his literary legacy. For these reasons, an over ...more
Paperback, 218 pages
Published July 1st 2007 by Cambridge University Press
(first published April 1st 2007)
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Some of these pieces were worth reading, others not. Christopher Hitchens has nothing especially interesting to say. John Rossi's introduction is usefull, if rather basic. Margery Sabin's piece on Orwell's nonfiction of the 1930s didn't teach me anything really, though I was glad to have read it. Orwell and the British left, by Ian Williams, was the best thing in the book. It oriented me to the internal politics, which gets rather confusing, at least for an American, and is pretty essential know ...more
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