Selected Essays

ISBN : 9780198804178

George Orwell; Stefan Collini
368 Pages
129 x 196 mm
Pub date
Jan 2020
Oxford World's Classics
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  • Brings together Orwell's longer, major essays and a selection of shorter pieces
  • Stefan Collini's introduction places the essays in context and explains the arrangement into three categories: Personal/Descriptive, Literary, and Political
  • Uses authoritative texts of Orwells essays taken from the editions overseen by Orwell and then checked against later scholarly versions
  • Includes extensive notes, a chronology, and guidance on further reading

It is not possible for any thinking person to live in such a society as our own without wanting to change it.
George Orwell was one of the most celebrated essayists in the English language, and there are quite a few of his essays which are probably better known than any of his other writings apart from Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four.
Stefan Collini presents a collection of Orwell's longer, major essays as well as a selection of shorter pieces, arranged into three categories: Personal/Descriptive, Literary, and Political.


Note on the Text
Select Bibliography
A Chronology of George Orwell
Selected Essays
Shooting an elephant (1936)
Inside the whale (1940)
Charles Dickens (1940)
Boys' weeklies (1940)
The art of Donald McGill (1941)
Wells, Hitler and the world state (1941)
Rudyard Kipling (1942)
Raffles and Miss Blandish (1944)
In defence of P.G. Wodehouse (1945)
Notes on nationalism (1945)
The prevention of literature (1946)
Decline of the English murder (1946)
Politics and the English language (1946)
Confessions of a book reviewer (1946)
Why I write (1946)
Politics vs literature: an examination of Gulliver's Travels (1946)
How the poor die (1946)
Lear, Tolstoy and the Fool (1947)
Writers and Leviathan (1948)
Explanatory Notes

About the author: 

George Orwell
Edited by Stefan Collini, Professor of Intellectual History and English Literature, University of Cambridge
Stefan Collini is Professor of Intellectual History and English Literature. After degrees at Cambridge and Yale, he taught at the University of Sussex before moving to a post in the Faculty in 1986. He is a Fellow of the British Academy, a frequent contributor to The London Review of Books, The Times Literary Supplement, The Guardian, The Nation, and other periodicals, and an occasional broadcaster.

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