The Penguin Essays of George Orwell

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This anthology includes George Orwell's most famous pieces, among them "My Country Right or Left", "Decline of the English Murder" and "How the Poor Die". Orwell writes on a series of wide-ranging topics, from the Spanish Civil War to a defence of English cooking, from Charles Dickens to Rudyard Kipling, P.G. Wodehouse, book reviewing and the nature of socialism.

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Eric Arthur Blair (1903-1950), better known by his pen-name, George Orwell, was born in India, where his father worked for the Civil Service. An author and journalist, Orwell was one of the most prominent and influential figures in twentieth-century literature. His unique political allegory Animal Farm was published in 1945, and it was this novel, together with the dystopia of Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949), which brought him world-wide fame. His novels and non-fiction include Burmese Days, Down and Out in Paris and London, The Road to Wigan Pier and Homage to Catalonia.

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Anyone who wants to understand the twentieth century will still have to read Orwell -- Timothy Garton Ash, New York Review of Books

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