Homage to Catalonia

Author: George Orwell

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin

ISBN: 9780547447339

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 441

View: 2953


Collects two works in which a British writer explores the seedy underbelly of three great cities.

Penguin Classics Down and Out in Paris and London

Author: George Orwell

Publisher: National Geographic Books

ISBN: 0141393033

Category: Biography & Autobiography

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George Orwell's vivid memoir of his time living among the desperately poor and destitute, Down and Out in Paris and London is a moving tour of the underworld of society. 'You have talked so often of going to the dogs - and well, here are the dogs, and you have reached them.' Written when Orwell was a struggling writer in his twenties, it documents his 'first contact with poverty'. Here, he painstakingly documents a world of unrelenting drudgery and squalor - sleeping in bug-infested hostels and doss houses of last resort, working as a dishwasher in Paris's vile 'Hôtel X', surviving on scraps and cigarette butts, living alongside tramps, a star-gazing pavement artist and a starving Russian ex-army captain. Exposing a shocking, previously-hidden world to his readers, Orwell gave a human face to the statistics of poverty for the first time - and in doing so, found his voice as a writer.

Down and Out in Paris and London

Author: George Orwell

Publisher: National Geographic Books

ISBN: 0141042702

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 0

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The perfect edition for any Orwell enthusiasts' collection, discover Orwell's personal account of life on the streets beautifully reimagined by renowned street artist Shepard Fairey To be poor and destitute in 1920s Paris and London was to experience life at its lowest ebb. George Orwell, penniless and with nowhere to go, found himself experiencing just this as he wandered the streets of both capitals in search of a job. By day, he tramped the streets, often passing time with 'screevers' or street artists, drunks and other hobos. At night, he stood in line for a bed in a 'spike' or doss house, where a cup of sugary tea, a hunk of stale bread and a blanket were the only sustenance and comfort on offer. First published in 1933, Down and Out in Paris and London is George Orwell's haunting account of the streets and those who have no choice but to live on them. 'A man who looked at his world with wonder and wrote down exactly what he saw, in admirable prose' John Mortimer COMPLETE THE TRIO WITH SHEPARD FAIREY'S NEW-LOOK 1984 AND ANIMAL FARM.

The Non-Fiction of George Orwell

Author: George Orwell

Publisher: Benediction Classics

ISBN: 9781789432527

Category:

Page: 366

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The Non-Fiction of George Orwell includes three memoirs, Down and Out in Paris and London, The Road to Wigan Pier, and Homage to Catalonia which provide an indispensable introduction to the thought and writing of George Orwell. Immediately after deciding to become a writer, the Eton-educated Orwell lived among the paupers and the poorest of working-class labourers in Paris and the East End of London, observing and recording. His first book Down and Out in Paris and London discusses not just the physical life of the poor, but also their inner life. "If you set yourself to it, you can live the same life, rich or poor. You can keep on with your books and your ideas. You just got to say to yourself, "I'm a free man in here" - he tapped his forehead - "and you're all right." ― George Orwell, Down and Out in Paris and London "People are wrong when they think that an unemployed man only worries about losing his wages; on the contrary, an illiterate man, with the work habit in his bones, needs work even more than he needs money. An educated man can put up with enforced idleness, which is one of the worst evils of poverty ... The man who really merits pity is the man who has been down from the start, and faces poverty with a blank, resourceless mind." ― George Orwell, Down and Out in Paris and London. The Road to Wigan Pier, a highly original and unorthodox political treatise, describes Orwell's experiences living among the destitute and unemployed miners of northern England, sharing, observing, and describing their lives. It concludes with a passionate description of socialism; a critique of the middle class, who, logically, should support it but are its most vociferous opponents; and a scathing critique of the socialist movements of the time. Robert McCrum describes the book's essential role in the evolution of "George Orwell" "The upshot of this uniquely strange book was a kind of creative liberation: Eric Blair, who was now unequivocally George Orwell, had found his voice and his identity. For the rest of his active life - barely 10 years - he would write as a British literary socialist. From this declaration of intent come his masterpieces: Homage to Catalonia, Animal Farm and, finally, Nineteen Eighty-Four. It's arguable that without The Road to Wigan Pier none of these would have been possible." Homage to Catalonia is Orwell's account of his experiences as a volunteer in the Spanish Civil War. It was a formative period for his political thought and his subsequent writing. He states in Why I Write "Every line of serious work that I have written since 1936 has been written, directly or indirectly, against totalitarianism and for Democratic Socialism, as I understand it." Homage to Catalonia, "politically and as literature ... is a work of first-class importance, " Geoffrey Gorer. "It shows us the heart of innocence that lies in revolution; also, the miasma of lying that, far more than the cruelty, takes the heart out of it, " Philip Mairet. George Orwell (1903-1950) was a leading British writer of the twentieth century. After studying at Eton as a King's Scholar he joined the Indian Imperial Police until 1927 when, disgusted by imperialism, he resigned to pursue his boyhood dream of being a writer. Orwell was a prolific journalist, essayist, novelist and nonfiction writer. He is remembered for his prescient writing and his unwavering commitment to truth and clarity of expression. Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four have placed him at the very pinnacle of British literature.

Down and Out in Paris and London

Author: George Orwell

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 1105495957

Category: Homelessness

Page: 171

View: 4724


Reprint. Originally published: New York: Harper & Brothers, 1933.

Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell (Book Analysis)

Author: Bright Summaries

Publisher: BrightSummaries.com

ISBN: 2808012691

Category: Study Aids

Page: 20

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Unlock the more straightforward side of Down and Out in Paris and London with this concise and insightful summary and analysis! This engaging summary presents an analysis of Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell, which provides an account of the time the author spent voluntarily living among Europe’s poorest and most downtrodden citizens. His experiences of poverty gave him first-hand insight into the hardship and injustice faced by the homeless and the working poor, and he conveyed the lessons he had learnt to a largely middle-class readership in this powerful work of social criticism. Down and Out in Paris and London was Orwell’s first published book. His subsequent works, including Homage to Catalonia, Animal Farm and 1984 cemented his position as one of the most acclaimed and influential British writers of the 20th century. Find out everything you need to know about Down and Out in Paris and London in a fraction of the time! This in-depth and informative reading guide brings you: • A complete plot summary • Character studies • Key themes and symbols • Questions for further reflection Why choose BrightSummaries.com? Available in print and digital format, our publications are designed to accompany you on your reading journey. The clear and concise style makes for easy understanding, providing the perfect opportunity to improve your literary knowledge in no time. See the very best of literature in a whole new light with BrightSummaries.com!

Homage to Catalonia

Author: George Orwell

Publisher: Harvill Secker

ISBN: N.A

Category: Communism

Page: 260

View: 4493


In 1936 Orwell went to Spain to report on the Civil War and instead joined the fight against the Fascists. This famous account describes the war and Orwell' s experiences. Introduction by Lionel Trilling.

Homage to Catalonia

Author: George Orwell,Chicago (Ill.). Municipal Tuberculosis Sanitarium

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0156421178

Category: History

Page: 264

View: 1944


Presents the British novelist's firsthand report on the Spanish Civil War based on his experiences fighting against the Fascists

Down and Out in Paris and London

Author: George Orwell

Publisher: Penguin Books, Limited (UK)

ISBN: 9780140282566

Category: Homelessness

Page: 215

View: 5606


Part autobiography, this unusual novel follows the experiences of a penniless adventurer, first in Paris in the early 1930s and later in London, where he mingles among tramps and street people. Unabridged. 6 CDs.