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Orwell: The Authorised Biography Paperback – 5 Jun 2006

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  • Paperback: 564 pages
  • Publisher: Politico's Publishing Ltd (5 Jun. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1842751735
  • ISBN-13: 978-1842751732
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 4.1 x 21.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 484,485 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Michael Sheldon's superb biography of George Orwell restores a sense of drama and passion to Orwell's life, revealing him as a fascinating, even heroic character struggling to achieve his ambitions against a background of great public and private turmoil. Orwell's life has to rank as one of the most exciting in literary history. An old Etonian and an officer in the Indian Imperial Police, he was also a dishwasher in a Paris hotel, a hop-picker in Kent, an investigative journalist, a wounded veteran of the Spanish Civil War, a celebrated novelist and a dreamer whose life was cut short by tuberculosis. Sheldon's portrait of Orwell is unusually complicated and subtle. Drawing on a wide range of unpublished sources, Orwell is brought vividly to life as a passionate, vital, engaging personality. Meticulously researched and stylishly written, this is one of the most important literary biographies to be published.

About the Author

Michael Sheldon is the author of Friends of Promise: Cyril Connolly and the World of Horizon. He is journalist and reviewer, and currently Professor of English at Indiana State

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