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Author: D J Taylor
Publisher: London : Chatto & Windus, 2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In the last half-century George Orwell's Animal Farm and Nineteen Eight-Four have sold over 40 million copies. The adjective 'Orwellian' is now a byword for a particular way of thinking about life, literature and language, while Orwell himself has become one of the most potent and symbolic figures in Western political thought." "Despite this iconic status, the man who was born Eric Blair in 1903 remains an enigma.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: George Orwell; George Orwell
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: D J Taylor
ISBN: 0701169192 9780701169190
OCLC Number: 56527209
Awards: Shortlisted for Whitbread Prize (Biography) 2003.
Description: xiv, 466 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 25 cm
Responsibility: D.J. Taylor.

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This biography of George Orwell reveals a portrait of the writer who, for all his outward unworldiness, effectively staged-managed his own life, combined chilling detachment with warmth and  Read more...

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