On Nineteen Eighty Four

Author: Abbott Gleason
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 1400826640
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George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four is among the most widely read books in the world. For more than 50 years, it has been regarded as a morality tale for the possible future of modern society, a future involving nothing less than extinction of humanity itself. Does Nineteen Eighty-Four remain relevant in our new century? The editors of this book assembled a distinguished group of philosophers, literary specialists, political commentators, historians, and lawyers and asked them to take a wide-ranging and uninhibited look at that question. The editors deliberately avoided Orwell scholars in an effort to call forth a fresh and diverse range of responses to the major work of one of the most durable literary figures among twentieth-century English writers. As Nineteen Eighty-Four protagonist Winston Smith has admirers on the right, in the center, and on the left, the contributors similarly represent a wide range of political, literary, and moral viewpoints. The Cold War that has so often been linked to Orwell's novel ended with more of a whimper than a bang, but most of the issues of concern to him remain alive in some form today: censorship, scientific surveillance, power worship, the autonomy of art, the meaning of democracy, relations between men and women, and many others. The contributors bring a variety of insightful and contemporary perspectives to bear on these questions.

Nineteen eighty four

Author: Patrick Reilly
Publisher: Twayne Pub
ISBN:
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Reilly draws a parallel between Nineteen Eighty-Four and Gulliver's Travels; he discusses the novel in terms of the myth, Jack the Giant-Killer; and he shows how Orwell charted the decline of religion.

The Duty to Stand Aside

Author: Eric Laursen
Publisher: AK Press
ISBN: 1849353174
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The Duty to Stand Aside tells the story of one of the most intriguing yet little-known literary-political feuds—and friendships—in 20th-century English literature. It examines the arguments that divided George Orwell, future author of Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four, and Alex Comfort, poet, biologist, anarchist-pacifist, and future author of the international bestseller The Joy of Sex—during WWII. Orwell maintained that standing aside, or opposing Britain’s war against fascism, was “objectively pro-fascist." Comfort argued that intellectuals who did not stand aside and denounce their own government’s atrocities—in Britain’s case, saturation bombing of civilian population centers—had “sacrificed their responsible attitude to humanity.” Later, Comfort and Orwell developed a friendship based on appreciation of each other’s work and a common concern about the growing power and penetration of the State—a concern that deeply influenced the writing of Nineteen Eighty-Four. Shortly before his death in 1950, however, Orwell would accuse Comfort of being “anti-British” and “temperamentally pro-totalitarian” in a memo he prepared secretly for the Foreign Office—a fact that Comfort, who died in 2000, never knew. Laursen’s book takes a fresh look at the Orwell-Comfort quarrel and the lessons it holds for our very different world—in which war has been replaced by undeclared “conflicts,” civilian bombing is even more enthusiastically practiced, and moral choices between two sides are rarely straightforward.

Nineteen Eighty Four 1984

Author: George Orwell
Publisher: New Canadian Library
ISBN: 1551998513
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"Who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present controls the past." Hidden away in the Record Department of the sprawling Ministry of Truth, Winston Smith skilfully rewrites the past to suit the needs of the Party. Yet he inwardly rebels against the totalitarian world he lives in, which demands absolute obedience and controls him through the all-seeing telescreens and the watchful eye of Big Brother, symbolic head of the Party. In his longing for truth and liberty, Smith begins a secret love affair with a fellow-worker Julia, but soon discovers the true price of freedom is betrayal. George Orwell's dystopian masterpiece, Nineteen Eighty-Four is perhaps the most pervasively influential book of the twentieth century.

Orwell on Truth

Author: George Orwell
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 1328508714
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Over the course of his career, George Orwell wrote about many things, but no matter what he wrote the goal was to get at the fundamental truths of the world. He had no place for dissemblers, liars, conmen, or frauds, and he made his feelings well-known. In Orwell on Truth, excerpts from across Orwell’s career show how his writing and worldview developed over the decades, profoundly shaped by his experiences in the Spanish Civil War, and further by World War II and the rise of totalitarian states. In a world that seems increasingly like one of Orwell’s dystopias, a willingness to speak truth to power is more important than ever. With Orwell on Truth, readers get a collection of both powerful quotes and the context for them.

1984

Author: George Orwell
Publisher: Arcturus Publishing
ISBN: 1784043737
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George Orwell's dystopian masterpiece, Nineteen Eighty-Four is perhaps the most pervasively influential book of the twentieth century, making famous Big Brother, newspeak and Room 101. 'Who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present controls the past'

Swastika Night

Author: Katharine Burdekin
Publisher: Feminist Press at CUNY
ISBN: 9780935312560
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Seven hundred years after Hitler's conquest of Europe men are encouraged to follow the soldierly virtues, while women are reduced to breeders and victims

The Revised Orwell

Author: Jonathan Rose
Publisher: Michigan State Univ Pr
ISBN:
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Written to address recent discussions of George Orwell's novel, Nineteen Eighty-Four, this impressive collection of interpretive writing debates the work's value as a portent for our future and questions much of the second-guessing that has taken place about how Orwell might have responded to events he did not live to see. Essays included in the work were prepared by scholars from a broad range of disciplines--intellectual historians, literary critics, experts on communication, psychologists, students of popular culture, sociologists, linguists, and classicists--to generate fresh new perspectives on Orwell and the Orwellian myth. Included among the essays is one of the first Soviet critiques of Nineteen Eighty-Four to appear in English translation; the piece was previously published in the Russian literary magazine Novy Mir in 1989. Several essays discuss the novel's literary artistry, its popular and modernist appeal, as well as the ways in which Orwell made use of psychoanalytic techniques. The Revised Orwell contains a lively selection of scholarly writing that reveals Orwell to be a controversial, politically idiosyncratic writer, but one well within the mainstream of British cultural history. These works are solidly researched and fully developed; they will make lasting contributions to Orwell studies.