Essays, Paperback Book
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The articles collected in George Orwell's Essays illuminate the life and work of one of the most individual writers of this century - a man who elevated political writing to an art.

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 a revaluation of Charles Dickens to the nature of Socialism, from a comic yet profound discussion of naughty seaside postcards to a spirited defence of English cooking.

Displaying an almost unrivalled mastery of English plain prose, Orwell's essays created a unique literary manner from the process of thinking aloud and continue to challenge, move and entertain. This Penguin Modern Classics edition includes an introduction by Bernard Crick.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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  • Category: Literary essays
  • ISBN: 9780141183060

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"Shooting an Elephant" is the best narrative essay I have ever read. He surpasses what most fiction writers could ever aspire to evoke in their writing, and he does so in a few pages... "A Hanging" &amp; "Marrakech" are other highlights. His sense for place, his choice of the perfect concrete detail to impress on the reader, is astounding... "Inside the Whale" should also be required reading for fiction writers. <br/>

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Some of these are as good as any essays I've ever read.

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