Books by George Orwell

GEORGE ORWELL by George Orwell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 12, 2013

"Illuminates Orwell's political convictions and gives fleeting but vivid glimpses of his personal qualities."
A representative selection, culled from the 20-volume Complete Works, which Davison co-edited, of correspondence by and to 20th-century England's fiercest literary opponent of totalitarianism. Read full book review >
DIARIES by George Orwell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 20, 2012

"Editor Davison (English/De Montfort Univ.) supplies necessary contextual information and footnotes generously, but stays in the shadows and allows us to truly enjoy Orwell's impressive chronicles."
A co-editor of George Orwell's Complete Works offers a lushly annotated edition of Orwell's diaries from 1931 to 1949. Read full book review >
ALL ART IS PROPAGANDA by George Orwell
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"More often appreciative and ruminative than critical—but that's OK."
The second of two volumes of the British author's essays, compiled by journalist George Packer. Read full book review >
Released: June 15, 1956

"The astringency and precision here offer worthwhile stimulation for his American audience for much in this book has never appeared in this country and followers of his publications here will be rewarded by this chance to follow the variety of material that made up his life, his thinking and his writing."
Richard H. Rovere introduces this generous collection of Orwellania — sections and chapters from his books and pieces from his newspaper writings, from his Burmese world to that of World War II, and after. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 26, 1953

"People, places, events and attitudes- are all caught and observed with honesty and a distillation of meaning that gives these 11 inclusions their appeal."
Collected from 1939 on, these are essays and autobiographical pieces, which while contemplative in tone, are not contended and should be welcomed by the audience Orwell has claimed. Read full book review >
HOMAGE TO CATALONIA by George Orwell
Released: May 15, 1952

"Perhaps not a book to create sensation in a day when much of what happened at Barcelona has been realized, but one enlightening in terms of showing the war way toward mutual understanding and fair play."
A history, published in Britain shortly after the author wrote it in 1937, of the few months surrounding the Barcelona Telephone Exchange riots and what the writer determines as the Communist betrayal of all of Spain's anti-fascist forces. Read full book review >
SHOOTING AN ELEPHANT by George Orwell
Released: Oct. 27, 1950

"For the selective reader as well as his established followers."
A collection of eighteen essays by the author of Nineteen Eighty Four and Animal Farm, etc. these represent the last of his finished work. Read full book review >
COMING UP FOR AIR by George Orwell
Released: Jan. 10, 1950

"Honesty in the picture of a man neither highbrow nor a fool of a poky milleu and the mingy situations of living, of the downhill path to a ghastly flux, this in its backward, introspective look offers a nostalgic, sincere appreciation of a way of life that can never be again, and will prove something new for his followers."
A very different dish of tea from his earlier Animal Farm and recent Nineteen Eighty Four both of which instigated aroused controversy, is this book which was published in England before the war. Read full book review >
NINETEEN EIGHTY-FOUR by George Orwell
Released: June 13, 1949

"Certain to create interest, comment, and consideration."
The Book-of-the-Month Club dual selection, with John Gunther's Behind the Curtain (1949), for July, this projects life under perfected state controls. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 26, 1946

"MPSLUGMISTER Orwell's animals exist in their own right, with a narrative as individual as it is apt in political parody."
A modern day fable, with modern implications in a deceiving simplicity, by the author of Dickens. Read full book review >
DICKENS, DALI AND OTHERS by George Orwell
Released: April 15, 1946

"A personal, serious, but never dull analysis that has a definite worth in its challenges, in its integrity."
Ten essays, consistently controversial, that range widely between a long one, in six parts, on Dickens, shorter ones on boys' weeklies', H.G. Wells, comic postcards, Kipling, Yeats, Dall, Koostler, detective stories, Wodehouse. Read full book review >
A CLERGYMAN'S DAUGHTER by George Orwell
Released: Aug. 17, 1936

"Pass it up."
Orwell follows diverse tracks. Read full book review >
BURMESE DAYS by George Orwell
Released: Oct. 25, 1934

"And the story itself is not particularly worth telling."
Orwell can write — he proved it in Down and Out in Paris and London. Read full book review >
Released: July 19, 1933

"One wonders, in reading this book whether there is not here another Thomas Burke in the making."
This book falls into two distinct parts, both with an underlying common theme, the revealing of poverty at close range. Read full book review >