George Orwell: English Rebel

Paperback | October 28, 2015

byRobert Colls

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An intellectual who did not like intellectuals, a socialist who did not trust the state, a writer of the left who found it easier to forgive writers of the right, a liberal who was against free markets, a Protestant who believed in religion but not in God, a fierce opponent of nationalism whodefined Englishness for a generation. Aside from being one of the greatest political essayists in the English language and author of two of the most famous books in twentieth century literature, George Orwell was a man of many fascinating contradictions, someone who liked to go against the grain because he believed that was where thetruth usually lay. George Orwell. English Rebel takes us on a journey through the many twists and turns of Orwell's life and thought, from the precocious public school satirist at Eton and the imperial policeman in Burma, through his early years as a rather dour documentary writer, down and out on the streets of Parisand London and on the road to Wigan pier, to his formative experiences as a volunteer soldier in the Spanish Civil War. Above all, the book skilfully traces Orwell's gradual reconciliation with his country, a journey which began down a coal mine in 1936 to find its exhilarating peaks during the dark days of the Second World War.

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An intellectual who did not like intellectuals, a socialist who did not trust the state, a writer of the left who found it easier to forgive writers of the right, a liberal who was against free markets, a Protestant who believed in religion but not in God, a fierce opponent of nationalism whodefined Englishness for a generation. Aside ...

Robert Colls is Professor of Cultural History at De Montfort University, Leicester. He was born in South Shields and educated at South Shields Grammar Technical School and the universities of Sussex and York. He has held fellowships at the universities of Oxford, Yale, and Dortmund, and with the Leverhulme Trust. He is author of the ac...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.07 inPublished:October 28, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Preface and AcknowledgementsIntroduction1. Angry Old Etonian2. North Road3. Eye Witness in Barcelona, 19374. Mr Bowling Sees it Through5. England the Whale6. Not Quite Tory7. Last of England8. Death in the FamilyLife After Death: A Bibliographical EssayNotesIndex

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"A subtle, probing and refreshingly original study... the closest and most intimate portrait of Orwell to date." --John Gray, Literary Review