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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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