Diaries by George Orwell

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Readers already steeped in Orwelliana will delight in this edition of "Diaries."
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A major literary event—the long-awaited publication of George Orwell's diaries, chronicling the events that inspired his greatest works.

This groundbreaking volume, never before published in the United States, at last introduces the interior life of George Orwell, the writer who defined twentieth-century political thought. Written as individual books throughout his career, the eleven surviving diaries collected here record Orwell’s youthful travels among miners and itinerant laborers, the fearsome rise of totalitarianism, the horrific drama of World War II, and the feverish composition of his great masterpieces Animal Farm and 1984 (which have now sold more copies than any two books by any other twentieth-century author). Personal entries cover the tragic death of his first wife and Orwell’s own decline as he battled tuberculosis. Exhibiting great brilliance of prose and composition, these treasured dispatches, edited by the world’s leading Orwell scholar, exhibit “the seeds of famous passages to come” (New Statesman) and amount to a volume as penetrating as the autobiography he would never write.

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George Orwell was born Eric Arthur Blair in 1903 in Motihari in Bengal, India and later studied at Eton for four years. Orwell was an assistant superintendent with the Indian Imperial Police in Burma. He left the position after five years and then moved to Paris, where he wrote his first two books, Burmese Days and Down and Out In Paris. Orwell then moved to Spain to write but decided to join the United Workers Marxist Party Militia. After being decidedly opposed to communism, Orwell served in the British Home Guard and with the Indian Service of the BBC during World War II. He started writing for the Observer and was literary editor for the Tribune. Soon after he published the world-famous book, Animal Farm, which became a huge success for Orwell. It was then towards the end of his life when Orwell wrote Nineteen Eighty-Four. George Orwell died on January 23, 1950 in London.
Published August 20, 2012 by Liveright. 625 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Barry Gewen on Aug 31 2012

Much of the material here can be found in other sources.

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Reviewed by Dwight Garner on Aug 16 2012

But there are dozens of other lines worth seizing upon here, many of them about the degradation of language, and many of them comic.

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Reviewed by Emma Larkin on Aug 31 2012

Readers already steeped in Orwelliana will delight in this edition of "Diaries."

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NY Journal of Books

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Reviewed by Vinton Rafe McCabe on Aug 20 2012

Instead, what we get is the bloated, exhaustive, and exhausting unreeling of the minutiae of life among the clematis, the goats, and the chickens. Something that might have been better and more honestly called, The Eggs and I.

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