Orwell was rejected for service during the Second World War and became literary editor of the left-wing weekly, Tribune. Included in this volume are reviews of works by authors as varied as C. S. Lewis and Arthur Koestler, the newspaper column, “As I Please,” the brilliant essay, “A Nice Cup of Tea,” letters to T. S. Eliot, among others, while trying to convince publishers to take a chance on a book called Animal Farm.
“These four volumes might be the perfect tonic for what ails our society.”
—Franklin Freeman, America Magazine“While [Orwell] is best known for Animal Farm and 1984, most of his writing derived from his tireless work as a journalist, and thanks to David Godine’s welcome reissue of The Collected Essays, Journalism, and Letters of George Orwell, which has been out of print for a decade, readers can find it all in one place. All of the author’s insightful, hard-hitting essays and journalistic pieces are here…the most complete picture of the writer and man possible.”—Eric Liebetrau, Kirkus Reviews
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