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Overview

A New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice Selection

A major literary event—the long-awaited publication of George Orwell's diaries, chronicling the events that inspired his greatest works.


This groundbreaking volume, never before published in the United States, at last introduces the interior life of George Orwell, the writer who defined twentieth-century political thought. Written as individual books throughout his career, the eleven surviving diaries collected here record Orwell’s youthful travels among miners and itinerant laborers, the fearsome rise of totalitarianism, the horrific drama of World War II, and the feverish composition of his great masterpieces Animal Farm and 1984 (which have now sold more copies than any two books by any other twentieth-century author). Personal entries cover the tragic death of his first wife and Orwell’s own decline as he battled tuberculosis. Exhibiting great brilliance of prose and composition, these treasured dispatches, edited by the world’s leading Orwell scholar, exhibit “the seeds of famous passages to come” (New Statesman) and amount to a volume as penetrating as the autobiography he would never write.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780871404107
Publisher: Liveright Publishing Corporation
Publication date: 08/20/2012
Pages: 624
Product dimensions: 6.46(w) x 9.34(h) x 1.49(d)

About the Author

George Orwell (Eric Arthur Blair, 1903–1950) wrote fiction, journalism, criticism, and poetry. His nine books include the classics Animal Farm and 1984.

Peter Davison edited the twenty volumes of Orwell’s Complete Works (with Ian Angus and Sheila Davison).

Christopher Hitchens (1949–2011) is the author of God Is Not Great, Hitch-22, and Why Orwell Matters.

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

Editor's Introduction xix

Hop-Picking Diary: August 25, 1931 - October 8, 1931 1

The Road to Wigan Pier Diary: January 31, 1936 - March 25, 1936 25

Domestic Diary Volume I: August 9, 1938 - March 28, 1939 intercalated with 80

Morocco Diary: September 7, 1938 - March 28, 1939 89

Marrakech Notebook 151

Domestic Diary Volume I Continued: April 10, 1939-May 26, 1939 153

Domestic Diary Volume II: May 27, 1939 - August 31, 1939 intercalated with 164

Diary of Events Leading Up to the War: July 2, 1939 ?September 3, 1939 175

Domestic Diary Volume II Continued: September 5, 1939 - April 29, 1940 234

War-time Diary: May 28, 1940- August 28, 1941 273

Second War-time Diary: March 14, 1942 - November 15, 1942 359

The Jura Diaries 413

Domestic Diary Volume III: May 7, 1946 - January 5, 1947 413

Domestic Diary Volume IV: April 12, 1947 - September 11, 1947 471

Domestic Diary Volume V: September 12, 1947 - October 29, 1947 523

Summary of Avril's Entries: December 27, 1947 - May 10, 1948 533

Relevant Entries from Orwell's Notebooks: c. February 20, 1948 - May 21, 1948 535

Domestic Diary Volume V: July 31, 1948 - December 24, 1948 541

Relevant Entries from Last Literary Notebook: March 21, 1949 - September 1949 563

Short List of Further Reading 569

Index 573

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