Orwell, George

A life in letters

Penguin, modern classics, 2011. 541 pp. Softbinding.

A life in letters. Very fine, unread copy. George Orwell was a tireless and lively correspondent. He communicated with family members, friends and newspapers, figures such as Henry Miller, Cyril Connolly, Stephen Spender and Arthur Koestler, and strangers who wrote to him out of the blue. This carefully selected volume of his correspondence provides an eloquent narrative of Orwell’s life, from his schooldays to his final illness.Orwell’s letters afford a unique and fascinating view of his thoughts on matters both personal, political and much in between, from poltergeists, to girls’ school songs and the art of playing croquet. In a note home to his mother from school, he reports having ‘aufel fun after tea’; much later he writes of choosing a pseudonym and smuggling a copy of Ulysses into the country.

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