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Critical companion to George Orwell : a literary reference to his life and work /
Edward Quinn.
imprint
New York : Facts On File, 2009.
description
xi, 450 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
ISBN
9780816070916 (hc : alk. paper)
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imprint
New York : Facts On File, 2009.
isbn
9780816070916 (hc : alk. paper)
contents note
Biography -- Works A-Z -- Related people, places, and topics.
catalogue key
6993875
 
"Bibliography of Orwell's works": p. 414.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 415-426) and index.
A Look Inside
First Chapter
George Orwell is one of the great writers of the 20th century, famous for his direct and powerful style as well as for his fictional condemnations of totalitarianism.The new Critical Companion to George Orwell is an up-to-date and useful reference to Orwell's life and work for high school and college-level students. All his works are covered, including two of the most-recognized novels of the 20th century: Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four; his famous essays, such as Politics and the English Language and Shooting an Elephant; his book-length nonfiction, such as Homage to Catalonia and Down and Out in Paris and London; and more. Also included are detailed entries on his life and related people, places, and topics.Entries include:
Synopses and critical assessments of all Orwell's major work
Descriptions of characters in Orwell's fiction, such as Winston Smith, Napoleon the pig, and more
Descriptions of people, places, and topics important in Orwell's life and work, such as communism, the Spanish civil war, and more
Appendixes, including a chronology and a bibliography of primary and secondary sources.
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2009-12-01:
While appreciation for Orwell's fiction may have peaked in 1984, his reputation as an essayist and journalist has taken the lead, and wide interest in his work continues. Thus this "critical companion" is timely. Quinn (emer., CCNY), a compiler of other literary reference works, engages confidently and gracefully with the varieties of Orwell's prose and with his evolving influence. A biographical essay opens the book. A second section--the bulk of the work, alphabetically arranged--gives commentary and summaries of each of Orwell's books and essays. Each entry for the novels and major works offers a glimpse of the historical context, an extensive synopsis, notes on the literary approach and critical reception, and a descriptive listing of characters. A third section provides dictionary-style entries for family members, related writers, places, and topics (e.g., "class," "fascism"), situating Orwell in a larger cultural and social context. The work closes with a chronology, a glossary of "newspeak," and bibliographies of the works and secondary sources. Like other volumes in the series, this one condenses a great deal of information into a form suitable for undergraduates but also of value to all of Orwell's readers. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower- and upper-level undergraduates; general readers. W. S. Brockman Pennsylvania State University, University Park Campus
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The entries in this resource include synopses and critical assessments of all of Orwell's work; descriptions of characters in Orwell's fiction, such as Winston Smith, Napoleon the pig, and more; descriptions of people, places and topics important in Orwell's life and work, such as communism, the Spanish Civil War, and more.
Main Description
George Orwell is one of the great writers of the 20th century, famous for his direct and powerful style as well as for his fictional condemnations of totalitarianism.The new Critical Companion to George Orwell is an up-to-date and useful reference to Orwell's life and work for high school and college-level students. All his works are covered, including two of the most-recognized novels of the 20th century: Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four; his famous essays, such as "Politics and the English Language" and "Shooting an Elephant"; his book-length nonfiction, such as Homage to Catalonia and Down and Out in Paris and London; and more. Also included are detailed entries on his life and related people, places, and topics.Entries include:

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