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Shooting An Elephant & Other Essays by George Orwell. London. 1950. Secker & Warburg. 212 pages. hardcover. Jacket design by Michael Kennard.

 

shooting an elephant and other essays secker and warburg 1950FROM THE PUBLISHER -

 

 

   None of the essays in this posthumous volume has previously appeared in book form and, although each has been printed in some periodical or ‘Little’ review, the majority of them will be new to most readers. They range in time of composition from ‘A Hanging’ which appeared in THE ADELPHI in 1931 to ‘Reflections on Gandhi’ written for PARTISAN REVIEW in 1949, and fall into three main groups. First there are three pieces descriptive of experience: ‘Shooting an Elephant,’ ‘A Hanging’ and ‘How the Poor Die.’ The second and largest group, which includes ‘Politics and The English Language,’ and a long essay on ‘Gulliver’s Travels,’ can be roughly described as being about literature and politics and the relations between the two. Lastly, there is a selection from the weekly column which George Orwell contributed to Tribune under the title ‘I Write As I Please.'

 

 

 

 

Orwell GeorgeGeorge Orwell, whom V. S. Pritchett has called ‘the conscience of his generation,’ was born in India in 1903 and was educated at Eton. From 1922 to 1927 he served in the Imperial Police in Burma. He spent the next few years in Paris and in England teaching school, writing, and working at a variety of jobs. He went to Spain when the Civil War broke out, fought on the Republican side, and was severely wounded. Back in England, he joined the Home Guard in World War II, and worked for the B.B.C. Orwell first gained wide recognition in America with the publication of his satiric fable ANIMAL FARM (1946). In addition to the well-known NINETEEN EIGHTY-FOUR, his books include the novels COMING UP FOR AIR, BURMESE DAYS, and DOWN AND OUT IN PARIS AND LONDON; the documentary HOMAGE TO CATALONIA; and several collections of essays, the most recent being SUCH, SUCH WERE THE JOYS (1953). Orwell died in London in 1950.EORGE ORWELL first gained wide recognition in America with the publication of his satiric fable, ANIMAL FARM. In addition to NINETEEN EIGHTY-FOUR, his novels include COMING UP FOR AIR, BURMESE DAYS, and DOWN AND OUT IN PARIS AND LONDON. He died in London on January 21, 1950.’

 

 

 

 

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    The New York Review of Books Oct 29, 2020 | 12:00 pm

    Seeing Too Clearly Not long ago, Hari Kunzru was asked in an interview, “What is the worst-case scenario for the future?” He answered with brutal lucidity: The US becomes an autocracy, and devolves into a weak and fractious patchwork of jurisdictions run by[…]

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  • Max Weber’s Agon

    The New York Review of Books Oct 29, 2020 | 12:00 pm

    To the Editors: We appreciate Peter E. Gordon’s thoughtful review of Charisma and Disenchantment, our edition of Max Weber’s “vocation lectures” [NYR, June 11], but of course we’re not writing simply to say thank you. For all the care and[…]

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  • Rashly Filling the Void

    The New York Review of Books Oct 29, 2020 | 12:00 pm

    In an essay about his landmark novel, Native Son, Richard Wright argued that while the racial identity of his protagonist was essential to the storyline, it was not exclusively tied to the book’s broader meaning. True, Bigger Thomas—that brooding, brutal,[…]

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  • Don’t Wish for a Restoration

    The New York Review of Books Oct 29, 2020 | 12:00 pm

    During the last few years—and increasingly during the last few months—Americans have more and more come to resemble the passengers on the steamboat Fidèle in Herman Melville’s The Confidence Man. A sign hanging from the barbershop bulkhead says “No Trust.”[…]

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