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An Age Like This: 1920-1940 (The Collected Essays, Journalism & Letters, Vol. 1)

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George Orwell is a major figure in twentieth-century literature. The author of Down and Out in Paris and London, Nineteen Eighty-four, and Animal Farm, he published ten books and two collections of essays during his lifetime -- but in terms of actual words, produced much more than seems possible for someone who died at the age of forty-six and was often struggling against ...more
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Published January 7th 2004 by Nonpareil Books (first published 1968)
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Sarah (Presto agitato)
Apr 15, 2012 Sarah (Presto agitato) rated it really liked it
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The first volume of this collection of George Orwell’s essays, diaries, and letters covers the period from 1920-1940. During this time, Orwell published seven of his nine books and began to develop the political opinions that would later become so important in his work, but he was still relatively unknown.

In his letters, he did not mince words about some things he really, really disliked. These included:

Roman Catholics
feminists
Scottish people
vegetarians
fruit-juice drinkers
Oswald Mosley

On the ot
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Matthew
May 23, 2015 Matthew rated it really liked it
If George Orwell had died just a few years earlier, his biggest claims to fame, Animal Farm and 1984, would never have been written. In this parallel universe, he would have been remembered (if at all) for his non-fiction.

Orwell wrote a number of earlier novels, but none of them has ever set the world alight. However, many readers have thrilled to the scintillating prose of his extended non-fiction works – Down and Out in Paris and London, The Road to Wigan Pier, Homage to Catalonia and of cours
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Mitchell
Feb 27, 2014 Mitchell rated it liked it
Considering that he was one of the most important writers of all time, I found it incredibly hard to obtain a collection of Orwell's complete works. According to Wikipedia only two were ever done; one four-volume set published by his second wife, and one twenty-volume set which included all his novels and books. I just wanted his essays and short pieces, so I went with the first set, but both The Book Depository and AbeBooks came up stumped; I had to order the four separate books from four separ ...more
Mary Catelli
This one contains rather more letters than the later volumes. Provides some interesting insights.

Into Orwell for one. His unthinking biases, including his assumption that Socialism is the only right way -- oddly enough while commenting on how government inspectors who refused to let farmers hire hop pickers without providing "proper accommodation" only caused suffering among the itinerant workers, and observing that a heavily Conservative city is effectively Socialist with the amount of crony ca
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Jun 18, 2007 Frederick rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Readers of Literary Criticism, Pop Culture, History and Literature
This is Volume One of a four-volume set edited by Sonia Orwell and Ian Angus. The set is called THE COLLECTED ESSAYS, JOURNALISM AND LETTERS OF GEORGE ORWELL.
This whole set came out in 1968. Sonia Orwell was Orwell's widow, so, to some extent, this is an authorized collection, but it is comprehensive.
It's clear Orwell wrote letters in the hope that someday the public would read them. There is a vast universe of Orwell beyond ANIMAL FARM and 1984. People who say his novels are not great as novels
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Feb 18, 2013 J.M. Hushour rated it it was amazing
A great supplement to his novels. This covers all of his earliest writings as well as background writings for "Wigan Pier" and "Down and Out". Some of the short pieces are quite excellent, on a par with Orwell at his best, especially the works on social degradation in England: "Hop-Picking", "The Spike", "Clink" (the latter sees Orwell getting very drunk and trying to get arrested). "A Hanging" and "Shooting an Elephant" are here, too. "Bookshop Memories" also. Plenty of articles and corresponde ...more
Daniel Taylor
When I read these collected works of Orwell when I was at university, they inspired me to be political in my writings. In this volume, I admire his intellectual rigour and brutality.
Cera
Aug 13, 2011 Cera rated it really liked it
I'm torn about what rating to give it, because while the first 3/4 of the book was interesting to me, it wasn't really good, whereas in the last few long essays he clearly found a form which really, really suited him. In the end I decided on four stars, both because I got a lot of pleasure from his early book reviews and letters and diary entries, and because seeing Orwell's sense of social justice growing and the intellectual work he did to refine it is just fascinating.
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I was so impressed by the collection of Orwell's essays I read a few months ago, and by "Homage to Catalonia", that when I came across the 4-volume collection of his non-fiction remaindered in the bookstore, it was a no-brainer to buy the whole set. A preliminary glance at the material in this book supports the notion that it is in his short non-fiction pieces that Orwell truly excels, rather than in the two novels for which he is most famous.

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edisi Indonesia dengan judul Mereka Yang Tertindas, pengarang George Orwell, diterbitkan oleh Yayasan Obor Indonesia, Jakarta, cetakan pertama Desember 1990, 204 hal + XII. ISBN: 9794610623
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I've finished reading volume 1 and have now moved on to vol. 2.
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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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