George Orwell: A Life
by Sir Bernard Crick
This title was previously available on NetGalley and is now archived.
Pub Date 30 May 2019 | Archive Date 30 Sep 2019
Sutherland House, Sutherland Classics
A sublime essayist and author of the masterful political novels 1984 and Animal Farm, George Orwell is at least as relevant in the age of Trump and Brexit as he was in his own short lifetime (1903-1950). Now, Sutherland House brings back to print Orwell’s definitive biography by political scholar Sir Bernard Crick.
Originally published in 1982, Crick’s Orwell was the first biography of its subject written with the cooperation of his widow. It was immediately lauded for its wealth of detail and shrewd analysis of Orwell’s life, literature, and politics. “Not only was it a pioneering biography,” said the editor of The Cambridge Companion to George Orwell, “but it remains the best one there is.”
Professor Crick’s highly readable and clear-eyed assessment of Orwell’s thought and personal development is as necessary to an understanding to the author and his work as that author and his work are to an understanding of contemporary life.
This edition includes a new foreword by Alex Woloch, author of Or Orwell: Writing and Democratic Socialism.
“A triumph of the first order.” London Evening Standard
“Assured and eloquent…In its own uncompromised integrity it is both monumental and appealing.” Los Angeles Times
“Different readers will come away from its seventeen pungent and packed chapters with diverse memories of its excellence.” The Guardian
“Crick’s analytical mind, combined with his mastery of the historical background and context, makes him the ideal guide.” Arthur Koestler, author of Darkness at Noon
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