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The Cambridge Companion to George Orwell (Cambridge Companions to Literature)

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ISBN-10: 0521675073
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"This excellent collection of essays by fifteen Anglo-American scholars, edited by the distinguished Orwell scholar, John Rodden...is a genuine companion. The essays are sharp and to the point; never outstay their welcome; and, unlike so much academic writing which seems to be more concerned to address a narrow field of fellow academics, is completely free of jargon. Orwell would have been delighted."
-Peter Davison, Orwell Forum, www.finlay-publisher.com

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George Orwell is regarded as the greatest political writer in English of the twentieth century. Chapters in this 2007 Companion address his positions on war and pacifism, patriotism, his anti-Communism and his status in the literary academy, among other topics. A detailed chronology of Orwell's life and work is also included.
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Product Details

  • Series: Cambridge Companions to Literature
  • Paperback: 238 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (July 23, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521675073
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521675079
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,002,521 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Howard J. Herskovitz on October 20, 2008
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How interested in Orwell are you? If your interest is merely casual, this book is not for you. If, on the other hand, you consider Orwell the greatest politiacal essayist and satirist of the Twentieth Century, you should read it. Of course, the book should be read after you have read some of Orwell's books and essays and, perhaps a biography.

The Cambridge Companion to George Orwell contains essays by reputable Orwell experts and scholars. These essays discuss Orwell's novels and essays as well as his views on particular subjects. The focus is principally on his political writing and the evolution of his political views. While the writers of this book have different points of view, most agree that Orwell became a socialist in the 1930's and never ceased thereafter to be a socialist. Nevertheless, he was never a Marxist and he often criticized other socialists. It is clear that the view of Orwell, popularized in the United States, as a Socialist who repented is incorrect or, at least, oversimplified.

The book is a surprisingly good read considering the multiple authorship and nature of the series of which it is a part. If you have more than a passing interest in Orwell, this is a must read.
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This book has been most helpful in researching the works of George Orwell. It is accurate and easy to read. From additional research, I suspect that John Rodden is one of the true experts on analyzing Orwell.
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