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Becoming George Orwell : life and letters, legend and legacy

Author: John Rodden
Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, [2020] ©2020
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Is George Orwell the most influential writer who ever lived? Yes, according to John Rodden's provocative book about the transformation of a man into a myth. Rodden does not argue that Orwell was the most distinguished man of letters of the last century, nor even the leading novelist of his generation, let alone the greatest imaginative writer of English prose fiction. Yet his influence since his death at midcentury  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Literary criticism
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: George Orwell; George Orwell; George Orwell; George Orwell; George Orwell
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Rodden
ISBN: 9780691182742 0691182744
OCLC Number: 1138588607
Description: xiii, 360 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Prologue. Donald and Winston at the ministry of alternative facts --
Introduction. Orwell, my "Orwell" --
Part 1. Life and letters --
The quixotic, adamantly unsainted life he lived --
Frenemies at fisticuffs? The debate rounds of two cordially contentious old Etonians --
The literary breakthrough, or when Blair became Orwell --
Orwell's twin masterpieces, Animal farm and Nineteen eighty-four --
A "utopian" edition of a dystopian classic --
England's prose laureate --
Part 2. Legend and legacy --
French connection, part 1: Jean Malaquais, a "French Orwell"? --
French connection, part 2: Camus and Orwell, Rebelles avec une cause --
How and why Orwell became "a famous author": surfing the tides of time --
"Catholic exceptionalism": why Catholic America canonized "St. George" --
"Orwellian" warfare: from cold to cyber --
Why I am not a socialist --
Conclusion. Whither Orwell - and "Orwell"?
Other Titles: Life and letters, legend and legacy
Responsibility: John Rodden.

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