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George Orwell: A Life in Letters (Penguin Modern Classics) Paperback – 27 Jan 2011
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Arouses your warmest sympathy (Daily Mail)
A Life in Letters contains nearly everything a reader new to Orwell needs to know about him (DJ Taylor New Statesman)
'Mr Davison's new edition of the letters is compelling...unlike a conventional biography, the character of the subject comes through undiluted.' (Sunday Telegraph)
'This is the authentic Orwell voice: wonderfully clear and fresh and forthright' (Mail on Sunday)
'the best single-volume selection we could hope for' (Sunday Times)
'Orwell: A Life in Letters should take its place beside the five major biographies ... as an indepsensible resource for understanding George Orwell and his times.' (John Rodden)
About the Author
Eric Arthur Blair (George Orwell) was born in India in 1903. He was educated at Eton, served with the Indian Imperial Police in Burma, and worked in Britain as a private tutor, schoolteacher, bookshop assistant and journalist. In 1936, Orwell went to fight for the Republicans in the Spanish Civil War and was wounded. In 1938 he was admitted into a sanatorium and from then on was never fully fit. George Orwell died in London in 1950.
Peter Davison has published over one hundred volumes on drama, bibliographical and cultural studies, and George Orwell. He was appointed OBE in 1999 for services to Enlgish Literature, and in 2003 was awarded the Gold Medal of the Bibliographical Society.
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Alongside letters to and from friends there are also, more interestingly, letters Orwell wrote to and received from his agent and publishers. In amongst the book's near 500 pages of letters, as well as occasionally making comment on other authors' works, Orwell also reveals what he thinks of his own efforts; which of his books he considered worthwhile and which he thought `rubbish'.
We also learn more about Orwell's domestic situation, about his life with his first wife Eileen - a relationship that so sadly came to a premature end - and can piece together a more complete picture of the man than if we had to rely on the diaries alone.
Speaking purely personally, I found the odd surprise in here too.
For all admirers of Orwell's works, this book is definitely worth reading.
'George Orwell: A Life in Letters (Penguin Modern Classics) Paperback – 27 Jan 2011.'
I found this book fascinating and am amazed there was only one review on it before now. I would be amazed if any serious Orwell fan didn't find a good chunk of the content very interesting. Definitely worth buying and you can get it brand new from some reputable Amazon Marketplace sellers for about £11, which also includes delivery..