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Essays by George Orwell
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Dec 31, 09


Indispensable and important to me in a beyond-words kind of way. I read every single essay in this sucker -- with joy in my heart, I might add -- and am so glad I didn't just pick my way through the appealing-sounding ones, but for you picker-throughers (i.e. non-insane people), here are the best offerings from the best writer of non-fiction of ever, nothing less than a unintentional primer on how to write, think, and act like a human being. You're welcome, and Happy New Year!

A Hanging
Shooting an Elephant
Bookshop Memories
In Defense of the Novel
Charles Dickens
Boys' Weeklies
Inside the Whale
New Words
My Country Right or Left
The Lion and the Unicorn: Socialism and the English Genius
Tolstoy and Shakespeare
The Meaning of a Poem
Literature and Totalitarianism
No, Not One
Benefit of the Clergy: Some Notes on Salvador Dali
As I Please 36, 55, 58
In Defense of P.G. Wodehouse
Anti-Semitism in Britain
Revenge is Sour
The Prevention of Literature
Politics and the English Language
A Nice Cup of Tea
Bad Climates are Best
The Moon Under Water
Some Thoughts on the Common Toad
A Good Word for the Vicar of Bray
Why I Write
Such, Such Were the Joys
Reflections on Gandhi
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