Orwell and Marxism: The Political and Cultural Thinking of George Orwell

Orwell and Marxism: The Political and Cultural Thinking of George Orwell


even if as a fighter within the Spanish Civil conflict, an recommend of patriotic Socialism or a left-wing opponent of the Soviet Union, George Orwell used to be the final word outsider in politics-insecure, scornful of orthodoxies, cussedly self reliant. most sensible recognized this day because the writer of Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four, Orwell additionally wrote seven different full-length books and an enormous variety of essays, articles and experiences. A pioneering cultural critic, he addressed a number of vital matters together with paintings, literature, "Englishness," mass communique and the spectre of totalitarianism. Famously describing his personal historical past as "lower-upper-middle class", Orwell had a posh dating with Marxism and all his paintings displays the impression of British communism. via shut research of Orwell's writings in addition to his ancient and literary context, Philip Bounds has produced a huge learn of 1 of the long-lasting writers of the 20 th century. Orwell and Marxism deals an intensive creation to Orwell the highbrow, reviving his recognition as a major cultural philosopher and documenting his most crucial impacts, in addition to a powerful portrait of British Marxism and society within the Thirties and 40s.

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