George Orwell: An Introduction to the Man and his Work

Author: Andrew Means
Pages: 104
Language: English
Publication date: 22/08/2012
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The life and writing of novelist and essayist George Orwell
Few writers have had a greater impact on language, politics and literature than George Orwell. His very name is a byword for the kind of state and social repression he wrote about in his final book, 1984. His essays and opinions continue to surface in opinion columns and conversation to an extent unrivalled by most of his mid-20th century peers.
This introduction gives the general reader a foundation for understanding Orwell’s professional development and personal life. It traces his childhood in England, relationships with family and friends, initial career as a police officer in colonial Burma, and the literary steps that led from the sociological observations of Down & Out in Paris and London and The Road To Wigan Pier through several relatively obscure novels to his masterpieces of the 1940s, Animal Farm and 1984. Finally, there are references to the influences on Orwell and the legacy he built before his untimely death from tuberculosis in 1950.
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Andrew Means grew up in Britain, and now lives in Arizona in the American Southwest.
As a journalist, he has written about music for numerous publications. He has also written books about the country singer Marty Robbins and rock group Pink Floyd.
His memoir about the Arizona childhood of Marty Robbins, “Some Memories – Growing Up With Marty Robbins”, was based on interviews with Marty's twin sister, the late Mamie Robinson-Minotto. The idea for the title comes from one of the last songs Marty recorded before his death in 1982, “Some Memories Just Won’t Die.”

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