Orwell and Marxism
The Political and Cultural Thinking of George Orwell
By (author) Philip Bounds
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Orwell and Marxism by Philip Bounds
Book DescriptionWhether as a fighter in the Spanish Civil War, an advocate of patriotic Socialism or a left-wing opponent of the Soviet Union, George Orwell was the ultimate outsider in politics - insecure, scornful of orthodoxies, cussedly independent.Best known today as the author of "Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four", Orwell also wrote seven other full-length books and a vast number of essays, articles and reviews. A pioneering cultural critic, he addressed a range of important issues including art, literature, "Englishness", mass communication and the spectre of totalitarianism. Famously describing his own background as "lower-upper-middle class", Orwell had a complex relationship with Marxism and all his work reflects the influence of British communism.Through close analysis of Orwell's writings as well as his historical and literary context, Philip Bounds has produced an important study of one of the iconic writers of the 20th century. "Orwell and Marxism" offers a thorough introduction to Orwell the intellectual, reviving his reputation as a serious cultural thinker and documenting his most important influences, as well as a convincing portrait of British Marxism and society in the 1930s and 40s.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781845118075
(234mm x 156mm x 28mm)
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd
Publish Date: 20-Feb-2009
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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After the collapse of the Soviet Union, it was widely believed that Marxists would be all but extinct by the year 2000. Humanity, wrote Francis Fukuyama, had come to the "end of history." All thoughts of finding an alternative to capitalism could be forgotten. Such thinking was wide of the mark.
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Author Biography - Philip Bounds
Philip Bounds holds a PhD in Politics from the University of Wales. He is the author of British Communism and Literary Theory and Cultural Studies.
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