George Orwell: A Life in Letters

By: Orwell, George; Davison, Peter

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First edition. Remainder dot on page base, minimal pencil marginalia. 2013 Hard Cover. xviii, 542 pp. Appearing for the first time in one volume, these trenchant letters tell the eloquent narrative of Orwells life in his own words. From his school days to his tragic early death, George Orwell, who never wrote an autobiography, chronicled the dramatic events of his turbulent life in a profusion of powerful letters. Indeed, one of the twentieth centurys most revered icons was a lively, prolific correspondent who developed in rich, nuanced dispatches the ideas that would influence generations of writers and intellectuals. This historic work?never before published in America and featuring many previously unseen letters?presents an account of Orwells interior life as personal and absorbing as readers may ever see. Over the course of a lifetime, Orwell corresponded with hundreds of people, including many distinguished political and artistic figures. Witty, personal, and profound, the letters tell the story of Orwells passionate first love that ended in devastation and explains how young Eric Arthur Blair chose the pseudonym George Orwell. In missives to luminaries such as T. S. Eliot, Stephen Spender, Arthur Koestler, Cyril Connolly, and Henry Miller, he spells out his literary and philosophical beliefs. Readers will encounter Orwells thoughts on matters both quotidian (poltergeists and the art of playing croquet) and historical?including his illuminating descriptions of war-shattered Barcelona and pronouncements on bayonets and the immanent cruelty of chaining German prisoners. The letters also reveal the origins of his famous novels. To a fan he wrote, I think, and have thought ever since the war beganthat our cause is the better, but we have to keep on making it the better, which involves constant criticism. A paragraph before, he explained that the British intelligentsia in 1944 were perfectly ready for dictatorial methods, secret police, systematic falsification of history, prefiguring the themes of 1984. Entrusting the manuscript of Animal Farm to Leonard Moore, his literary agent, Orwell describes it as a sort of fairy story, really a fable with political meaningThis book is murder from the Communist point of view. Hardly known outside a small circle of Orwell scholars, these rare letters include Orwells message to Dwight Macdonald of 5 December 1946 explaining Animal Farm; his correspondence with his first translator, R. N. Raimbault (with English translations of the French originals); and the moving encomium written about Orwell by his BBC head of department after his service there. The volume concludes with a fearless account of the painful illness that took Orwells life at age forty-seven. His last letter concerns his son and his estate and closes with the words, Beyond that I cant make plans at present. Meticulously edited and fully annotated by Peter Davison, the worlds preeminent Orwell scholar, the volume presents Orwell in all his varieties and his relationships with those most close to him, especially his first wife, Eileen. Combined with rare photographs and hand-drawn illustrations, George Orwell: A Life in Letters offers everything a reader new to Orwell needs to knowand a great deal that die-hard fans will be enchanted to have (New Statesmen). Includes 28 illustrations.

Title: George Orwell: A Life in Letters

Author: Orwell, George; Davison, Peter

Categories: Essays & Letters, Modern First Editions, Literary & Intellectual,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: New York, Liveright Publishing Company: 2013

ISBN Number: 0871404621

ISBN Number 13: 9780871404626

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Near Fine

Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Seller ID: 2294216