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Baker & Taylor
Collects the diaries of George Orwell, chronicling the major events of his life, including the rise of totalitarianism and the death of his first wife, that influenced his writing.

Norton Pub
A major literary event—the long-awaited publication of George Orwell's diaries, chronicling the events that inspired his greatest works.
This groundbreaking volume, never before published in the United States, at last introduces the interior life of George Orwell, the writer who defined twentieth-century political thought. Written as individual books throughout his career, the eleven surviving diaries collected here record Orwell’s youthful travels among miners and itinerant laborers, the fearsome rise of totalitarianism, the horrific drama of World War II, and the feverish composition of his great masterpieces Animal Farm and 1984 (which have now sold more copies than any two books by any other twentieth-century author). Personal entries cover the tragic death of his first wife and Orwell’s own decline as he battled tuberculosis. Exhibiting great brilliance of prose and composition, these treasured dispatches, edited by the world’s leading Orwell scholar, exhibit “the seeds of famous passages to come” (New Statesman) and amount to a volume as penetrating as the autobiography he would never write.

Book News
This edition of George Orwell's diaries offers very high production quality. The handwritten entries are set in attractive and readable fonts that preserve some of the qualities of an original journal without sacrificing clarity. Sketches by Orwell are included. The diaries here cover the years 1931-1949, and are edited by Peter Davidson, who was co-editor of the twenty volumes of Orwell's Complete Works and is generally considered the world's leading Orwell scholar. The introduction is by Christopher Hitchens. The editor provides informative and helpful notes at the end of each entry where they are needed, identifying places, events, and historical figures to which Orwell refers. These notes are unobtrusive and no longer than necessary to give useful information for context. He also provides introductions to each journal to give biographical and historical context for the journal, and to help readers understand what Orwell was thinking about as he wrote, and the circumstances that moved him. The eleven diaries of Orwell's that survive are included here in their entirety. A necessary book for Orwell scholars, and a good book for general readers who are interested in following a writer and a thinker whose commitment to politics was based on care for people more than ideology, as he bears witness to the Second World War and some of the greatest tumults of the 20th century. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: New York : Liveright, 2012, c2009
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780871404107
Branch Call Number: 828.91209 ORW
Characteristics: xxi, 597 p. :,ill. ;,25 cm.
Additional Contributors: Davison, Peter Hobley


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