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Description - Collected Essays by George Orwell

Collected Essays contains nearly eighty essays, reviews and occasional pieces composed between novels, plays and travel books over four prolific decades. From Henry James and Somerset Maugham to Ho Chi Minh and Kim Philby, the range of subjects is eclectic and stimulating; his subjects brought vividly to life. The resulting collection is as revealing as autobiography and characteristically rich in humour, insight and doubt.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780099282679
ISBN-10: 0099282674
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 129mm x 22mm)
Pages: 352
Imprint: Vintage
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 4-Nov-1999
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Book Reviews - Collected Essays by George Orwell

UK Kirkus Review » An eclectic array of writing. 'A man should be judged by his enmities as well as by his friendships,' says Greene in his Author's Note; and so we travel the world, from Hollywood to Sierra Leone, learning of his loves and hates, and hearing his views on a diverse range of subjects, including Henry James, Beatrix Potter and John Buchan. Revealing, insightful and wise writing. (Kirkus UK)

US Kirkus Review » Half of the essays here, including his more important sequence on Henry James, have been reprinted from Mr. Greene's 1952 collection The Lost Childhood which established in Greene's case that the creative writer could also be a critic of some distinction. Not always a corollary. The Jamesian universe of "black and merciless things," with a "sense of evil religious in its intensity" and concomitant betrayals obviously would attract Mr. Greene and he makes many subsequent referrals to it - even in the work of Beatrix Potter and de la Mare (perhaps over-estimated here). Of the almost 80 pieces, one can comment only eclectically on a few: while interest in Sterne and Fielding, Dickens, Maugham, etc. endures (and with Hadrian VII the three pieces on Rolfe will catch many eyes) there are still a great many forgotten figures (poets George Granville or George Darley for example) appearing in what were originally book reviews, the venue of a majority of the essays. Catholic writers receive a proportionate and expectable predominance; among the "Characters" - the second half of the collection - only a few are not literary (Castro, Kim Philby, Louis B. Mayer of MGM, or Schweitzer, the "victim of his own legend"). The opening piece on how, as a child, he was stimulated to write and thereby "live and enjoy" leads to the other, personal piece at the end of the volume and a return to the "Soupsweet Land" (Freetown) where he wrote The Heart of the Matter. It concludes with the sad apostrophe, "How could they tell that for a writer as much as for a priest there is no such thing as success?" (Kirkus Reviews)


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Author Biography - George Orwell

Graham Greene was born in 1904. He worked as a journalist and critic, and in 1940 became literary editor of the Spectator. He was later employed by the Foreign Office. As well as his many novels, Graham Greene wrote several collections of short stories, four travel books, six plays, three books of autobiography, two of biography and four books for children. He also wrote hundreds of essays, and film and book reviews. Graham Greene was a member of the Order of Merit and a Companion of Honour. He died in April 1991.

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