Churchill and Orwell

Author: Thomas E. Ricks

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0698164547

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 352

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A New York Times bestseller! A New York Times Book Review Notable Book of 2017 A dual biography of Winston Churchill and George Orwell, who preserved democracy from the threats of authoritarianism, from the left and right alike. Both George Orwell and Winston Churchill came close to death in the mid-1930's—Orwell shot in the neck in a trench line in the Spanish Civil War, and Churchill struck by a car in New York City. If they'd died then, history would scarcely remember them. At the time, Churchill was a politician on the outs, his loyalty to his class and party suspect. Orwell was a mildly successful novelist, to put it generously. No one would have predicted that by the end of the 20th century they would be considered two of the most important people in British history for having the vision and courage to campaign tirelessly, in words and in deeds, against the totalitarian threat from both the left and the right. In a crucial moment, they responded first by seeking the facts of the matter, seeing through the lies and obfuscations, and then they acted on their beliefs. Together, to an extent not sufficiently appreciated, they kept the West's compass set toward freedom as its due north. It's not easy to recall now how lonely a position both men once occupied. By the late 1930's, democracy was discredited in many circles, and authoritarian rulers were everywhere in the ascent. There were some who decried the scourge of communism, but saw in Hitler and Mussolini "men we could do business with," if not in fact saviors. And there were others who saw the Nazi and fascist threat as malign, but tended to view communism as the path to salvation. Churchill and Orwell, on the other hand, had the foresight to see clearly that the issue was human freedom—that whatever its coloration, a government that denied its people basic freedoms was a totalitarian menace and had to be resisted. In the end, Churchill and Orwell proved their age's necessary men. The glorious climax of Churchill and Orwell is the work they both did in the decade of the 1940's to triumph over freedom's enemies. And though Churchill played the larger role in the defeat of Hitler and the Axis, Orwell's reckoning with the menace of authoritarian rule in Animal Farm and 1984 would define the stakes of the Cold War for its 50-year course, and continues to give inspiration to fighters for freedom to this day. Taken together, in Thomas E. Ricks's masterful hands, their lives are a beautiful testament to the power of moral conviction, and to the courage it can take to stay true to it, through thick and thin. Churchill and Orwell is a perfect gift for the holidays!

Churchill & Orwell

Author: Thomas E. Ricks

Publisher: Editora Schwarcz - Companhia das Letras

ISBN: 8537818518

Category: History

Page: 352

View: 4300

A fascinante história de dois homens com posições políticas diferentes, aliados pelo mesmo princípio: a defesa da liberdade individual Figuras essenciais na luta contra as ameaças do autoritarismo de esquerda e de direita em um momento crítico do século XX, Churchill e Orwell surgem aqui como fonte de inspiração e exemplo para os dias de hoje. Filho de aristocratas, Winston Churchill (1874-1965) era um liberal conservador alinhado ao governo colonialista britânico. George Orwell (1903-1950), que vinha da classe média baixa, era militante socialista e anti-imperialista. Escrita pelo vencedor do Prêmio Pulitzer Thomas E. Ricks, essa atualíssima biografia dupla se concentra no período crucial da vida de Churchill e de Orwell: os anos 1930 e 1940, da ascensão dos nazistas até o rescaldo da Segunda Guerra Mundial. Hoje, impressiona testemunhar quão solitária era a posição de Churchill e de Orwell num momento em que a Europa parecia destinada à ditadura, fosse nazifascista ou comunista. Apresentados como um par complementar, o político marginalizado em busca de redenção e o grande escritor ainda em formação trabalharam pelo mesmo objetivo, embora nunca tenham se encontrado. "Leitura agradável e compulsiva, Churchill & Orwell impressiona pelo compromisso feroz que ambos tinham com o pensamento crítico." The New York Times Book Review "Os dois nunca se encontraram, mas suas vidas e suas visões sobre como deveria funcionar a sociedade, noções de liberdade individual e limitações da política convergiam — pensamentos extraordinariamente harmoniosos em lugares diferentes. Realmente muito impressionante." John Le Carré

George Orwell

Author: Mark Connelly

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 1476666776

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 210

View: 4193

"George Orwell (1903-1950) is one of the most influential authors in the English language. This literary companion provides an extensive chronology and 175+ entries about both his literary works and personal life. Also included are discussion questions and research topics, notable quotations by Orwell and an extensive bibliography of related sources"--

War and the Cultural Construction of Identities in Britain

Author: N.A

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004490140

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 292

View: 4652

The British have been involved in numerous wars since the Middle Ages. Many, if not all, of these wars have been re-constructed in historical accounts, in the media and in the arts, and have thus kept the nation's cultural memory of its wars alive. Wars have influenced the cultural construction and reconstruction not only of national identities in Britain; personal, communal, gender and ethnic identities have also been established, shaped, reinterpreted and questioned in times of war and through its representations.Coming from Literary, Film and Cultural Studies, History and Art History, the contributions in this multidisciplinary volume explore how different cultural communities in the British Isles have envisaged war and its significance for various aspects of identity-formation, from the Middle Ages through to the 20th century.

The Cambridge Introduction to George Orwell

Author: John Rodden,John Rossi

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 052176923X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 130

View: 1228

An introductory guide to the life, work and legacy of George Orwell - one of the most influential literary twentieth-century figures.

Becoming George Orwell

Author: John Rodden

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 0691228418

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 384

View: 8608

The remarkable transformation of Orwell from journeyman writer to towering icon Is George Orwell the most influential writer who ever lived? Yes, according to John Rodden’s provocative book about the transformation of a man into a myth. Rodden does not argue that Orwell was the most distinguished man of letters of the last century, nor even the leading novelist of his generation, let alone the greatest imaginative writer of English prose fiction. Yet his influence since his death at midcentury is incomparable. No other writer has aroused so much controversy or contributed so many incessantly quoted words and phrases to our cultural lexicon, from “Big Brother” and “doublethink” to “thoughtcrime” and “Newspeak.” Becoming George Orwell is a pathbreaking tour de force that charts the astonishing passage of a litterateur into a legend. Rodden presents the author of Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four in a new light, exploring how the man and writer Orwell, born Eric Arthur Blair, came to be overshadowed by the spectral figure associated with nightmare visions of our possible futures. Rodden opens with a discussion of the life and letters, chronicling Orwell’s eccentricities and emotional struggles, followed by an assessment of his chief literary achievements. The second half of the book examines the legend and legacy of Orwell, whom Rodden calls “England’s Prose Laureate,” looking at everything from cyberwarfare to “fake news.” The closing chapters address both Orwell’s enduring relevance to burning contemporary issues and the multiple ironies of his popular reputation, showing how he and his work have become confused with the very dreads and diseases that he fought against throughout his life.

Churchill's Bestiary

Author: Piers Brendon

Publisher: Michael O'Mara Books

ISBN: 1789290511

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 439

View: 2974

'From beak to tail feather and from flipper to fin, this is a book that will long be known, read and savoured.' - James W. Muller, Chairman of the Board of Academic Advisers of the International Churchill Society Winston Churchill was known for his great love for and admiration of animals. In fact, one of Churchill's key characteristics was his fascination with the animal kingdom - creatures of all sorts were a crucial element in his existence. He was amused, intrigued and enchanted by, sometimes even besotted with a vast menagerie, from his pet budgerigar, dogs, cats, fish, butterflies, to his own lion, leopard and white kangaroos kept at London Zoo, and even more unusual species. Dwelling and walking amid flora and fauna was Churchill's ideal form of existence - 'The world would be better off if it were inhabited only by animals' - and he signed his letters home as a boy 'The Pussy Cat'. In this fascinating biography, Dr Piers Brendon looks deeper into Churchill's love of the animal kingdom, and at how animals played such a large part in his everyday life. We encounter the paradox of the animal-loving-hunter: he hunts foxes yet keeps them as pets, he likes fishing but loves fish; along with the man who used analogies to animals time and time again in his speeches and writings. The picture that emerges shows another side to the great man, showcasing his wit, wisdom and wayward genius from a different perspective and shedding new and fascinating light on the man voted The Greatest Briton.


Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780715652442

Category: Authors, English

Page: N.A

View: 803

A "dual biography of Winston Churchill and George Orwell, with a focus on the pivotal years from the mid-1930s through the 1940s, when their farsighted vision and inspired action in the face of the threat of fascism and communism helped preserve democracy for the world."--

Winston Churchill's Imagination

Author: Paul Kent Alkon

Publisher: Associated University Presse

ISBN: 9780838756324

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 267

View: 5630

Although Churchill is a 1953 Nobel laureate in literature, his famous speeches have overshadowed his other writing. Winston Churchill's Imagination concentrates on key works in modes other than political rhetoric to show how Churchill engages readers with those words and ideas that are hallmarks of his imagination. Chapters take up his literary relationship with Lawrence of Arabia; Churchill's intense but little-known involvement with cinema in an essay on Charlie Chaplin and as a script writer and consultant in the 1930s for Alexander Korda's film studio; Churchill's evocation of paintings as templates for narrative in his first history and in his only novel; his imaginative engagement with science and science fiction; the depiction of time, duration, and alternative history in his biography of Marlborough; and Churchill's last testament in the realm of imagination, The Dream.