Critical Companion to George Orwell: A Literary Reference to by Edward Quinn

By Edward Quinn

The entries during this source contain synopses and demanding exams of all of Orwell's paintings; descriptions of characters in Orwell's fiction, akin to Winston Smith, Napoleon the pig, and extra; descriptions of individuals, areas and subject matters vital in Orwell's lifestyles and paintings, akin to communism, the Spanish Civil struggle, and extra.

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Although the commentaries and reports were subject to wartime censorship and designed to present the Allies in the best light they were a version of propaganda that Orwell accepted with relative good grace. ) This writing was his contribution to a war effort in which his innate patriotism blossomed. Orwell had always been an Anglo-centric writer, but in the war years he became a patriot. The sheer volume of work he produced for the BBC is impressive but even more so is the quality of most of that work, which included commissioning, editing, revising, and maneuvering through the thickets of wartime censorship a battalion of fighters in the propaganda war against the Nazi and Japanese misinformation machines.

Down and Out is the preparatory work, identifying poverty as an injustice that seems an inevitable consequence of the capitalist system Biography 19 but never zeroing in on a possible political solution. With The Road to Wigan Pier, socialism is clearly on his radar screen, but before he can commit to it, he feels duty bound not to shoot it down but to fire a few warning shots to bring socialists to their senses. His case against the “sandal-wearing vegetarians” is that they were essentially middle class with the no real understanding of the working class.

Unlike later studies in this field, however, his analyses tended to disparage contemporary versions in favor of his “golden age” of popular culture, the years of his childhood. For example, “Raffles and Miss Blandish” looks at the gratuitous violence in the 1940s shocker No Orchids for Miss Blandish as a disturbing development in English popular culture. In addition to this work, as Peter Davison points out, in the thirteen months from November 1943 to December 1944 Orwell reviewed 86 books (CW 16, xvi).

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