George Orwell


    Literary Biography

    George Orwell

    English Rebel

    Robert Colls

    Oxford University Press 2013

    Hardback 340pp Illustrated

    9780199680801   Product Code: 23300

    Orwell's place in literature is so assured that we may think we know all about him. Yet, as this reappraisal makes clear, he remains a contradictory figure: an Old Etonian who hated the ruling class; a patriot who disliked nationalism; a leftist who despised the sandal-wearing left; and a socialist who made 'Ingsoc' - 'English Socialism' - the ideology of the dystopian Nineteen Eighty-Four. Colls traces the evolution of his ideas, and his gradual reconciliation with his country.

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