George Orwell


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  • Penguin Classics
  • 2014
  • ISBN 9780141395463
  • 480 pages
  • Paperback
  • 19 × 12 × 2.8 cm

This outstanding collection brings together Orwell’s longer, major essays and a fine selection of shorter pieces that includes My Country Right or Left, Decline of the English Murder, Shooting an Elephant and A Hanging.

With great originality and wit Orwell unfolds his views on subjects ranging from the moral enormity of Jonathan Swift’s strange genius and a revaluation of Charles Dickens to the nature of Socialism, a comic yet profound discussion of naughty sea-side picture postcards and a spirited defence of English cooking. Displaying an almost unrivalled mastery of English plain prose style, Orwell’s essays challenge, move and entertain.


Why I Write (Gangrel, 1946)
The Spike (Adelphi, 1931)
A Hanging (The Adelphi, 1931)
Shooting an Elephant (New Writing, 1936)
Bookshop Memories (Fortnightly, 1936)
Marrakech (New Writing, 1939)
Charles Dickens (Inside the Whale, 1940)
Boys’ Weeklies (Inside the Whale, 1940)
Inside the Whale (Inside the Whale, 1940)
My Country Right or Left (Folios of New Writing, 1940)
The Lion and the Unicorn (1941)
Wells, Hitler and the World State
The Art of Donald McGill (Horizon, 1941)
Rudyard Kipling (New English Weekly, 1936)
Rudyard Kipling (Horizon, 1942)
Looking Back on the Spanish War
W. B. Yeats (Horizon, 1943)
Poetry and the microphone (The New Saxon Pamphlet, 1945)
Benefit of Clergy: Some Notes on Salvador Dali (written 1944)
Raffles and Miss Blandish (Horizon, 1944)
Arthur Koestler (written 1944)
Antisemitism in Britain (Contemporary Jewish Record, 1945)
In Defence of P. G. Wodehouse (Windmill, 1945)
Notes on Nationalism (Polemic, October 1945)
Good Bad Books (Tribune, 1945)
The Sporting Spirit (Tribune, 1945)
Nonsense Poetry (Tribune, 1945)
The Prevention of Literature (Polemic, 1946)
Books vs. Cigarettes (Tribune, 1946)
Decline of the English Murder (Tribune, 1946)
Politics and the English Language (Horizon, 1946)
Some Thoughts on the Common Toad (Tribune, 1946)
A Good Word for the Vicar of Bray
Confessions of a Book Reviewer (Tribune, 1946)
Politics vs. Literature: An examination of Gulliver’s Travels (Polemic, 1946)
How the Poor Die (Now, 1946)
Riding Down From Bangor (Tribune, 1946)
Lear, Tolstoy and the Fool
Such, Such Were The Joys
Writers and Leviathan
Reflections on Gandhi (Partisan Review, 1949)

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