My first Orwell was a battered copy of Down and Out in Paris and London found in a secondhand bookstore for a dollar. It is still on my shelf. I read Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four at school and over the next few years bought my own copies. Decline of the English Murder and Other Essays, Homage to Catalonia and a favourite collection, Inside the Whale have been with me from this time at university too. I steadily added to my collection with many books being bought inexpensively online, including quality first editions, often from far afield, some in much sought after dust jackets. My Orwell library has become extensive…obsessively extensive perhaps. It has become a kind of compulsion. 😉


Collecting First Editions

What is the curious attraction of first editions? This link will give you an idea of the amount requested for Orwell’s books in their highly sought after dust jackets, especially works published in the 1930s. A signed copy of any first edition by Orwell will sell for an astronomical price and is simply not affordable. Recent auctions at Sotheby’s are further indication of the high market value collectors ascribe to his work.

Having said all that, my almost complete collection of first editions has all of the books published in Orwell’s lifetime, including both the American and UK editions of Nineteen Eighty-Four which were printed less than a week apart and Animal Farmwhich had a very small print run (or at least the UK version did). Neither are in original dust jackets but the facsimile covers are stunning. I am, however, particularly pleased to have both The Lion and the Unicorn: Socialism and the English Genius and Critical Essays with good, original dust jacketsMost of my first editions now have facsimile jackets. Many of my American first editions have very good to fine original dust jackets.

all UK and US first editionsUK firstsORWELL FIRSTS

First Editions


There were a few of Orwell’s books that I really coveted, tracked down and purchased at unbelievably good prices. Inside the Whale, which only had a 1000 copies printed (and some of those were destroyed during “The Blitz” in London) became possible when I procured a copy from a collector in South Africa selling his library. He also sold me a doubleplusgood copy of Orwell’s, Homage to CataloniaDown and Out in Paris and London on the other hand, especially the UK edition with dust jacket, I am unlikely to ever own considering the price asked for Orwell’s first book. I do have a third impression, printed in the same month as the first edition in January, 1933 though and a gorgeous US first edition with a facsimile cover. I really only have the pamphlet, James Burnham and the Managerial Revolution (1946) to collect along with a genuine first edition of Down and Out. It would be fitting that Orwell’s first novel I collected is the last one added to my shelf.






First Editions


Gillian Fenwick has greatly assisted with my quest to understand Orwell’s publishing history. Her comprehensive, George Orwell: a Bibliography, is an essential guide and I highly recommend it to collectors. Below I have listed the edition published first and then usually the American first follows. Burmese Days, is the only one of Orwell’s novels to be originally published in the USA (due to concerns re: libel in the UK).


Down and Out in Paris and LondonVictor Gollancz, 1933 Third Impression (1500 copies followed by another 500 for the second impression and then 1000 for this third impression all in January)

Down and Out in Paris and LondonHarper and Brothers, 30th June 1933 (First American edition 1750 copies printed)

Burmese Days, Harper and Brothers, 25th October 1934 (First American edition 2000 copies printed)

Burmese Days, Victor Gollancz, 24 June 1935 (2500 printed)

A Clergyman’s Daughter, Victor Gollancz, 20 March 1935 (2000 printed)

A (The) Clergyman’s Daughter, Harper and Brothers, 17 August 1936 (First American edition 500 or 1000 copies printed) NB Title misprinted as ‘The’

Keep the Aspidistra FlyingVictor Gollancz, 20 April 1936 (3000 printed but hundreds destroyed during “The Blitz”)

Keep the Aspidistra FlyingHarcourt, Brace and Company, January 1956 (First American edition)

The Road to Wigan Pier,  Left Book Club edition, February 1937 (45,150 printed)

The Road to Wigan Pier, Victor Gollancz, 8 March 1937 (2150 printed)

The Road to Wigan Pier, Harcourt and Brace, 1958 (First American edition)

Inside the WhaleVictor Gollancz, 11 March 1940 (1000 printed of which an unknown number were destroyed in “The Blitz”)

The Lion and the Unicorn: Socialism and the English Genius, Searchlight Books No. 1, Secker and Warburg, February 1941 (5000 printed)

Homage to CataloniaSecker and Warburg, 1938 (1250 copies printed but only 900 sold and the rest remaindered)

Homage to CataloniaHarcourt, Brace and Company, May, 1952 (First American edition 4000 copies printed)

Homage to Catalonia, Harcourt, The Folio Society, 1970. 240pp. (34/290 copies printed)

Coming Up For Air, Victor Gollancz, 12th June 1939 (2000 copies printed)

Coming Up For Air, Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1950 (First American edition 8000 printed)

Animal Farm, Secker and Warburg, May 1945, (4000 printed)

Animal Farm, Harcourt and Brace, 1946 (First American edition 50,000 copies printed)




Critical essays


Critical EssaysSecker and Warburg, February 1946 (3,028 printed)

Dickens, Dali & Others, Reynal & Hitchcock, 29th April 1946 (First American edition of Critical Essays 5000 copies printed)

The English People, HarperCollins, August 1947 (26,000 printed)

Nineteen Eighty-FourSecker and Warburg, June 1949 (26,575 printed in UK)

Nineteen Eighty-Four, Harcourt, Brace and Company, June 1949 (First American edition 20,000 copies printed)

Shooting an Elephant and other essaysSecker and Warburg, 5 October 1950 (7530 printed)

England Your England and other essaysSecker and Warburg, 12 November 1953

Such, Such Were the Joys, Harcourt, Brace and Company,  26 February 1953

The Orwell Reader: Fiction, Essays, and Reportage, Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1956

Collected EssaysSecker and Warburg, 1961 

First editions 2

Orwell’s Fiction and Non Fiction

My bookshelves include many battered copies of Orwell’s fiction and non fiction in various editions with a few ebooks too. Peter Davison edited The Complete Works of George Orwella twenty-volume collection that includes Orwell’s standard published library and eleven chronological volumes of non fiction* with a further supplementary book of ‘lost works’ published a decade later. I have managed to collect all but four of these volumes (and have all but one of the non fiction volumes in hardback too). It really does make the other books superfluous on one level but then again, it is useful to have different collections/arrangements, especially of Orwell’s essays and journalism.

A Clergyman’s Daughter, Penguin, 1964 (First Penguin edition)

All Art Is Propaganda: Critical Essays, Mariner Books, 2009. 416pp.

Animal Farm, Penguin, 1951. (First Penguin edition)

Animal Farm, Secker and Warburg, 1971

Animal Farm, Penguin, 1983

Burmese Days, Penguin, 1967. (First Penguin edition)

Coming Up For Air, Penguin, 1974

Penguin firsts

Decline of the English Murder and Other Essays, Penguin, 1975

Down and Out in Paris and London, Penguin, 1974

Essays (Everyman’s Library Contemporary Classics Series), 2002. 1400pp.

Facing Unpleasant Facts: Narrative Essays, Mariner Books, 2009. 336pp.

George Orwell: Diaries Liveright, 2012. 624pp.

George Orwell: A Life in Letters, Liveright, 2013. 560pp.

George Orwell: The Complete Poetry, Finlay, 2015, 82pp.

Homage to Catalonia, Penguin, 1979

Homage to Catalonia, Penguin, 1989

Inside the Whale Other and Other Essays, Penguin, 1966

Keep the Aspidistra Flying, Penguin, 1962. (First Penguin edition)

Nineteen Eighty-four, Black Inc, 2017, 322pp

Orwell and PoliticsPenguin, 2001, 560pp.

Orwell and the DispossessedPenguin, 2001, 448pp.

Orwell in Spain, Penguin, 2001, 416pp.

Orwell’s England, Penguin, 2001, 432pp.

Orwell: The Observer YearsAtlantic, 2005, 256pp.

Orwell in Tribune: “As I Please” and other writings, Methuen Publishing, 2007, 240pp.

Orwell on Truth, Harvill Secker, 2017. 224pp.

Orwell: The War Broadcasts, Penguin, 1995, 336pp.

Orwell: The War Commentaries, Penguin, 1995, 272pp.

The Road to Wigan Pier, Penguin, 1969

Seeing Things as They Are: Selected Journalism and Other WritingsHarvill Secker, 2014, 496pp.

Selected Essays, Penguin, 1957 (First Penguin edition)

Unwelcome Guerrilla: George Orwell and the New Statesman – An Anthology, Manchester Free Press, 1985, 95pp.

CEJL Volumes I-IV


Sonia Orwell and Ian Angus edited a four volume collection of Orwell’s writings, The Collected Essays, Journalism and Letters of George Orwell:

  • An Age Like This 1920–1940 – Volume 1, Nonpareil Books, 2000, 574pp
  • My Country Right or Left 1940–1943 – Volume 2, Nonpareil Books, 2007, 477pp
  • As I Please, 1943–1945 – Volume 3Nonpareil Books, 2000, 435pp
  • In Front of Your Nose, 1945–1950 – Volume 4, Nonpareil Books, 2000, pp
  • An Age Like This 1920–1940 – Volume 1, Penguin, 1970. 624pp
  • In Front of Your Nose, 1945–1950 – Volume 4, Penguin, 1970. 624pp

The Complete Works of George Orwell 


Down and Out in Paris and London, The Complete Works of George Orwell – Volume 1, Secker & Warburg, 1997

Burmese DaysThe Complete Works of George Orwell – Volume 2, Secker & Warburg, 1997

A Clergyman’s DaughterThe Complete Works of George Orwell – Volume 3, Secker & Warburg, 1997

The Road to Wigan PierThe Complete Works of George Orwell – Volume 5, Secker & Warburg, 1997

Coming Up for AirThe Complete Works of George Orwell – Volume 7, Secker & Warburg, 1997


A Kind of Compulsion: 1903–1936, The Complete Works of George Orwell – Volume 10, Secker & Warburg, 1998

A Kind of Compulsion: 1903–1936, The Complete Works of George Orwell – Volume 10, Secker & Warburg, 2000

Facing Unpleasant Facts: 1937–1939, The Complete Works of George Orwell – Volume 11, Secker & Warburg, 1998

Facing Unpleasant Facts: 1937–1939, The Complete Works of George Orwell – Volume 11, Secker & Warburg, 2000

A Patriot After All: 1940–1941, The Complete Works of George Orwell – Volume 12, Secker & Warburg, 1998

A Patriot After All: 1940–1941, The Complete Works of George Orwell – Volume 12, Secker & Warburg, 2000

All Propaganda Is Lies: 1941–1942, The Complete Works of George Orwell – Volume 13, Secker & Warburg, 1998

All Propaganda Is Lies: 1941–1942, The Complete Works of George Orwell – Volume 13, Secker & Warburg, 2001

Keeping Our Little Corner Clean: 1942–1943, The Complete Works of George Orwell – Volume 14, Secker & Warburg, 1998

Keeping Our Little Corner Clean: 1942–1943, The Complete Works of George Orwell – Volume 14, Secker & Warburg, 2001

Two Wasted Years: 1943, The Complete Works of George Orwell – Volume 15, Secker & Warburg, 1998

Two Wasted Years: 1943, The Complete Works of George Orwell – Volume 15, Secker & Warburg, 2001

I Have Tried to Tell the Truth: 1943–1944, The Complete Works of George Orwell – Volume 16, Secker & Warburg, 2001

I Belong to the Left: 1945, The Complete Works of George Orwell – Volume 17, Secker & Warburg, 1998

I Belong to the Left: 1945, The Complete Works of George Orwell – Volume 17, Secker & Warburg, 2001

Smothered Under Journalism: 1946, The Complete Works of George Orwell – Volume 18, Secker & Warburg, 1998

Smothered Under Journalism: 1946, The Complete Works of George Orwell – Volume 18, Secker & Warburg, 2001

It Is What I Think: 1947–1948, The Complete Works of George Orwell – Volume 19, Secker & Warburg, 1998

It Is What I Think: 1947–1948, The Complete Works of George Orwell – Volume 19, Secker & Warburg, 2002

Our Job Is to Make Life Worth Living: 1949–1950, The Complete Works of George Orwell – Volume 20, Secker & Warburg, 1998

Our Job Is to Make Life Worth Living: 1949–1950, The Complete Works of George Orwell – Volume 20, Secker & Warburg, 2002

The Lost Orwell: Being a Supplement to the Complete Works of George Orwell, Timewell Press, 2006

*There is a Kindle version at a bargain price, The Collected Non Fiction.


Uniform Series

Burmese Days, Secker & Warburg, 1948 (First edition 3000 printed)

Coming Up for Air, Secker & Warburg, 1948 (First edition 5000 printed)

Down and Out in London and Paris, Secker & Warburg, 1949 (First edition 3000 printed)

Keep the Aspidistra Flying, Secker & Warburg, 1954 (First edition)

Homage to Catalonia, Secker & Warburg, 1954 (Reprint)

Nineteen Eighty-four, Secker & Warburg, 1955 (Reprint)

The Road to Wigan PierSecker & Warburg, 1959 (First edition)

Orwell in Other Languages


Tragédie Birmane‎, Nagel, August 1946. 342pp. (First French edition of Burmese Days translated from English by Guillot de Saix – 7800 copies printed)

Les Animaux Partout!Odile Pathé, 15 October 1947, (First French edition of Animal Farm translated by Sophie Dévil, preface by Jean Texcier – 5000 copies printed)

Les Animaux Partout!Odile Pathé, 15 October 1947, (First French edition of Animal Farm translated by Sophie Dévil, preface by Jean Texcier – 5000 copies printed) Contemporary binding in full green fabric, guards and contreplats of handmade paper, preserved covers, marbled.

Les Animaux Partout!Odile Pathé, 1948, (French magazine format edition by Réalités LIttéraires Animal Farm translated by Sophie Dévil)


Die Engländer – Mit 10 Abbildungen, Schlösser Verlag, 1948. 58pp. (German First Edition of The English People translated from English by Arno Dohm – 5000 copies printed)

Det Engelske Folk, Steen Hasselbalchs Forlag, 1948. 72pp. (First Danish edition of The English People translated from English by Paul Monrad – 2350 copies printed)


Journal D’Un Anglais Moyen, Amiot Dumont, 1952. 240pp. (First French edition of Coming Up For Air translated from English by Claude de Leschaux and serialised in Le Monde during August-September 1952)

La Catalogne LibreGallimard, 1955. 302pp. (First French edition of Homage to Catalonia translated from English by Yvonne Davet – No. 52 of 60 numbered copies)

La Vache EnragéeGallimard, 1957. 289pp. (La Vache Enragée literally means The Raging Cow and this French edition of Down and Out in Paris and London was translated from English by Gwen Gilbert and René-Noël Raimbault)


Essais ChoisisGallimard, 1960, 304pp (First French trade edition of selected essays translated with a preface by Philip Thody)

Et Vive L’Aspidistra!Gallimard, 1960, 332pp. (First French edition of Keep the Aspidistra Flying translated from English by Yvonne Davet – No. 31 of 35 numbered copies)

La République des AnimauxGallimard, 12 June 1964. 160pp. June (Another French edition of Animal Farm with the translator not named)


La Ferme des Animaux, Ivrea, Champ Libre, June 1981. 113pp. (French edition translated from English by Jean Queval)

La Quai de Wigan, Editions Champ Libre, 1982. 260pp. (First French edition of The Road to Wigan Pier translated from English by Michel Pétris)

Dans la dèche à Paris et à LondresEditions Champ Libre, 1982. 278pp. (Second French edition of Down and Out in Paris and London translated from English by Michel Pétris)

Gallimard and Nagel

Journals and other texts

It is wonderful to have some lesser-known, if not exactly esoteric texts too. Orwell wrote prefaces for novels, including for his literary hero, Jack London. He also contributed essays to various compilations in the 1940s. I have managed to procure several good copies in dust jackets. Orwell edited British Pamphleteers Volume 1: From the 16th Century the 18th Century and you may not know that he was an obsessive collector of propaganda. Orwell’s widow donated his extensive collection of political pamphlets to the British Museum Library. Here is the complete inventory.


Half-a-dozen or so original journal publications (The Adelphi, Horizon, Partisan Review and World Review) where several of Orwell’s most famous essays were originally printed also grace my shelf. I am scouting for more articles published, as Eric Blair, in the Adelphi when Richard Rees was the editor and have a good lead. It seems like South Africans really like their Orwell.

A Hanging, The Adelphi, Volume II, Number 5, August 1931 (writing as E.A. Blair)

Review of Enid Starkie’s Baudelaire, The Adelphi, Volume VI, Number 5, August 1933, (writing as E.A. Blair)

Boys’ Weeklies, Horizon: A Review of Literature and Art. Vol. I No.3, March 1940

The Ruling Class, Horizon: A Review of Literature and Art. Vol. II, No.12, December 1940

Wells, Hitler and the World State, Horizon: A Review of Literature and Art. Vol. IV, No.20, August 1941


Reflections on GandhiPartisan Review, Vol. XVI, No.1, 1949

1984 and Newspeak, World Review, May 1949

Unpublished Notebooks, World Review, June 1950


Burnham, James, The Managerial Revolution or What is Happening in the World Now, Putnam, London, 1942

Cole, G.D.H.; Laski, Harold; Orwell, George; Sutherland, Mary,Victory or Vested Interest?, Routledge, 1942

Comfort, Alex & Bayliss, John (editors), New Road 1943: New Directions in European Art & Letters, The Grey Walls Press. 230pp.

Gollancz, Victor (editor), Laski, Harold, Betrayal of the Left: an Examination & Refutation of Communist Policy from October 1939 to January 1941: with Suggestions for an Alternative and an Epilogue on Political Morality, Left Book Club, 1941. 324pp. (Print on demand book)



London, Jack, Introduction by George Orwell, For Love of Life, Paul Elek, 1946

Orwell, George and Reynolds, Reginald, British Pamphleteers Volume 1: From the 16th Century the 18th Century, Allan Wingate, 1948

Worsley, T. C., Introduction by George Orwell, The End of the “Old School Tie”, Searchlight Books No. 5, Secker and Warburg, 1941

Books about Orwell

Anytime I saw a book about Orwell I read it. Usually, it was a library or secondhand copy. My collection grew. Quite a few of these reference works are first editions, although they have no great monetary value it is their content and the assemblage of so many resources in my library that enriches. This collection of non fiction about Orwell has quite a few books that I am looking forward to be reading or completing. Those written by people who knew Orwell, sometimes when he was still Eric Blair, are of particular interest.


Agathocleous, Tanya  George Orwell: Battling Big Brother. New York: Oxford University Press. 2000.

Alldritt, Keith, The Making of George Orwell – An Essay in Literary History, St. Martin’s Press, 1969. 181pp.

Atkins, John, George Orwell – A Literary Study, Caldar & Boyers, 1971. 394pp.

Avery, Dennis, George Orwell at the BBC in 1942, Garth Press, 2017. 97pp.

Bergonzi, Bernard, Reading the thirties: texts and contextsUniversity of Pittsburgh Press, 1978. 157pp.

Bleumel, Kristin, George Orwell and the Radical Eccentrics: Intermodernism in Literary London, Palgrave Macmillan, 2004, 246pp.

Bloom, Harold (Editor), George Orwell: Bloom’s Modern Critical Views (Updated Edition)Chelsea House, 2007. 224pp.

Bound, Phillip, Orwell and Marxism: The Political and Cultural Thinking of George Orwell, I.B.Tauris, 2009

Bowker, Gordon, Inside George OrwellPalgrave Macmillan, 2006, 512pp.

Brennan, Michael G., George Orwell and Religion, Bloomsbury Academic, 2016, 208pp.

Brander, Laurence, George Orwell, Longmans, Green & Co, 1954, 212pp.

Brown, E.J., Brave New World, 1984, and We: An essay on Anti-Utopia, Ardis, 1986. 61pp.

Buddicom, Jacintha, Eric & Us: A Remembrance of George Orwell, Frewin, 1974

Buddicom, Jacintha & Venables, Dione, Eric and Us: The Postscript Edition, Finlay Publisher, 2006,

Calder, Jenni, A Study of George Orwell and Arthur Koestler, Secker & Warburg, 1968, 303pp.

Calder, Nigel, 1984 and Beyond, Penguin, 1984. 208pp.

Carr, Craig L., Orwell, Politics, and Power, Continuum Publishing Corporation, 2012. 178pp.

Carter, Michael, George Orwell and the problem of authentic existence, Croom Helm, 1985. 228pp.

Colls, Robert, English Rebel, Oxford University Press, 2013, 330pp.

Connolly, Cyril, Enemies of Promise, University of Chicago Press, 2008, 288pp.

Connolly, Mark, Orwell and Gissing, Peter Lang, 1997.

Coppard, Audrey & Crick, Bernard, Orwell Remembered, Ariel Books, 1984, 287pp.

Craig, Sandy and Schwarz, Chris, Down and Out: Orwell’s Paris and London Revisited, Penguin1984 

Crick, Bernard, George Orwell: A Life, London: Secker & Warburg. 1980. 473pp.

Crick, Bernard, George Orwell: A Life, Penguin. 1992. 676pp.

Cushman, Thomas and Rodden, John (editors), George Orwell: Into the Twenty-First Century. Paradigm. 2004. 316pp.

Davison, Peter, George Orwell: Diaries, Liveright, 2010, 544pp

Davison, Peter, George Orwell: A Life in Letters, Liveright. 2013. 560pp

Davison, Peter, George Orwell: A Literary Life. Macmillan. 1996. 175pp

Davison, Peter (editor), Nineteen Eighty-four: The Facsimile of the Extant ManuscriptSecker & Warburg, 1984. 381pp. (First edition)

Eagleton, Terry, Exiles and Emigres: Studies in modern literature, Chatto & Windus, 1970. 227pp.

Jensen, Ejner J. (Editor), The Future of Nineteen Eighty-Four, University of Michigan Press, 1986, 210pp. 

Elwood, Sean (Editor), The 1984 Show, Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, 1983. 161pp.

Etchart, Julio, Imagining Orwell from Katha to Catalonia, Blurb, 2017. 80pp.

Fenwick, Gillian, George Orwell: a Bibliography, Oak Knoll Press & St. Paul’s Bibliographies, 1998

Flynn, Nigel, George Orwell: Life & Works, Wayland Publishers, 1989. 112pp.

Fyvel, T.R, George Orwell: A Personal Memoir, Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1982, 221pp.

Fyvel, T.R, George Orwell: A Personal Memoir, Hutchinson, 1983, 221pp.

Gardner, Averil, George Orwell, Twayne Publishers, 1983. 176pp.

Glover, Dennis, Orwell’s Australia: From Cold War to Culture Wars, Scribe Publications, 2004, 144pp.

Greenblatt, Stephen Jay, Three Modern Satirists: Waugh, Orwell, and Huxley, Yale University Press, 1965, 140pp.

Gross, Miriam (ed), The World of George Orwell, Weidenfield and Nicholson, 1971. 182pp.

Gross, Miriam (ed), The World of George Orwell, Weidenfield and Nicholson, 1971. 182pp.

Hammond, J.R., A George Orwell ChronologyPalgrave Macmillan, 2000. 122pp

Heppenstall, Rayner, Four Absentees, 1960, Barrie & Rockliff, 206pp.

Hitchens, Christopher, Orwell’s Victory, Penguin, 2002, 208pp.

Hollis, Christopher, A Study of George Orwell: The Man and His Works, Racehorse Publishing, 2017

Hopkinson, Tom, George Orwell. London: Longmans Green. 1953. 40pp.

Huber, Peter, Orwell’s Revenge, Free Press, 1994. 366pp.

Hunter, Lynette, George Orwell: The Search for a Voice, Open University Press, 1984. 242pp.

Hynes, Samuel (ed), Twentieth Century Interpretations of 1984: A Collection of Critical Essays, Spectrum Books, 1971. 120pp.

Kalechofsky, Roberta, George Orwell, F. Ungar Publishing Company,1973. 149pp.

Kubal, David, L., Outside the Whale: George Orwell’s Art and Politics, Univesity of Notre Dame Press, 1972. 169pp.

Larkin, Emma, Finding George Orwell in Burma, Granta, 2011. 304pp.

Leab, Daniel J., Orwell Subverted: The CIA and the Filming of Animal Farm, Penn State University Press, 2007. 232pp

Lebedoff, David, The Same Man: George Orwell and Evelyn Waugh in Love and War, Scribe, 2008. 272pp.

Lewis, Peter, George Orwell the Road to 1984Heinemann/Quixote Press, 1981

Lief, Ruth Ann, Homage to Oceania: The Prophetic Vision of George Orwell, Columbus, 1969. 162pp.

Scott Lucas, Orwell: Life & TimesHaus Publishers Ltd, 2005. 176pp.

Marks, Peter, George Orwell the Essayist Literature, Politics and the Periodical Culture, 2011. 232pp.

Meyers, Jeff, George Orwell: The Critical Heritage. London and Boston: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1975

Meyers, Jeff, George Orwell: The Critical Heritage. London and Boston: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1975. Reprinted 1997 and 2001.

Meyers, Jeff, George Orwell: An Annotated Bibliography of Criticism. New York and London: Garland, 1977

Meyers, Jeff, A Reader’s Guide to George Orwell, Thames & Hudson, 1975. 192pp.

Meyers, Jeff, Orwell: Wintry Conscience of a Generation. New York and London: Norton; Toronto: Viking-Penguin, 2000

Meyers, Valerie, George Orwell, St. Martin’s Press, 1991

Meyers, Jeffrey and Valerie, George Orwell : an annotated bibliography of criticism New York : Garland Pub., 1977

Milner, Andrew, The Road to St. Kilda Pier: George Orwell and the Politics of the Australian Left, Stained Wattle Press, 1984, 92pp.

Middleton, Haydn, George Orwell (Creative Lives), Heinemann Library, 2002

Montefiore, Janet, Men and Women Writers of the 1930s, 1996. 278pp.

Mulvihill, Robert, Reflections on America, 1984: An Orwell Symposium, University of Georgia Press, 1986. 221pp.

Newsinger, John, Orwell’s Politics, Palgrave Macmillan,2002, 190pp

Norris, Christopher, Inside the Myth: Orwell – Views from the Left, Lawrence & Wishart Ltd, 1984. 289pp.

Oxley, B.T., George OrwellArco, 1969. 158pp.

Patai, Daphne, The Orwell Mystique: A Study in Male IdeologyUniversity of Massachusetts Press, 1984. 334pp.

Pearce, Robert (Editor), The Sayings of George Orwell, Duckworth, 1994. 64pp.

Plant, David, Difficult Women – A Memoir of Three: Sonia Orwell, Jean Rhys, Germaine Greer, Atheneum, 1983, 174pp.

Potts, Paul, Dante Called You BeatriceEyre & Spottiswoode, 1960, 224pp.

Quill and Brush, George Orwell – First Edition and Price Guide, Quill and Brush, 2004

Rees, Richard, A theory of my time: An essay in didactic reminiscence, Secker & Warburg, 1963. 239pp.

Rees, Richard, Fugitive from the Camp of VictorySecker & Warburg, 1961. 160pp.

Rees, Richard, Fugitive from the Camp of VictorySecker & Warburg, 1961. 160pp.

Reilly, Patrick, George Orwell: The Age’s Adversary, Palgrave Macmillan UK, 1986, 316pp.

Richards, Vernon, ed., George Orwell at Home (and Among the Anarchists): Essays and Photographs, Freedom Press, 1998, 76pp.

Ricks, Thomas E., Churchill and Orwell: The Fight for Freedom 2017, 352pp.

Robson, Bryan, Carter, Ray, Muggeridge, Malcolm, George Orwell in 1984: Exhibition at St Paul’s School, JT Huckin & Co,1984. 20pp.

Rodden, John, The Cambridge Companion to George Orwell. Cambridge University Press.

Rodden, John, George Orwell: The Politics of Literary Reputation, Routledge, 2002, 532pp.

John Rodden, Scenes from an Afterlife: The Legacy of George OrwellIsi Books, 2003. 350pp.

Rodden, John, The Unexamined OrwellUniversity of Texas Press, 2011, 403pp.

Savage, Robert L., Combs, James & Nimmo, Dan (Editors), The Orwellian moment: hindsight and foresight in the post-1984 world, University of Arkansas Press, 1989. 180pp.

Luke Seaber, Incognito Social Investigation in British Literature: Certainties in Degradation, Palgrave MacMillan, 2017. 274pp.


Shelden, Michael, Orwell: The Authorised Biography,  London: Heinemann. 1991. 564pp.

Shelden, Michael, Friends of Promise: Cyril Connolly and the World of HorizonHarperCollins Publishers, 1989, 254pp

Slater, Ian, The Road to Airstrip One, McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2003, 312pp.

Small, Christopher, The Road to Miniluv: George Orwell, the State and GodGollancz, 1975, 220pp

Smith, David, Orwell for Beginners, Writers & Readers, 2000. 192pp.

Stansky, Peter & Abrahams, William, The Unknown Orwell, Alfred A. Knopf, 1972. 316pp.

Stansky, Peter & Abrahams, William, Orwell: The TransformationAlfred A. Knopf, 1979, 302pp.

Sutherland, JohnOrwell s Nose: A Pathological Biography, Reaktion Books, 2016, 240pp.

Symons, Julian, 1948 and 1984: The Second Orwell Memorial Lecture, The Tragara Press, 1984. 32pp. (1 of 135 copies)

Taylor, DJ, Orwell – The Life, Vintage Books, 2003, 496pp.

Thompson, John, Orwell’s London4th Estate, 1984, 120pp.

Wadhams, Stephen, Remembering Orwell, Penguin, 1984.

Wadhams, Stephen, The Orwell Tapes, Locarno Press, 2017

Warburg, Frederick, All Authors are Equal : The Publishing Life of Fredric Warburg, Hutchinson, 1973. 310pp

West, W.J., The larger evils: Nineteen eighty-four – the truth behind the satire, Canongate Press, 1992, 207pp.

Williams, Kristian, Between The Bullet And The Lie: Essays on Orwell, AK Press, 2017. 272pp.

Williams, Raymond (Editor), George Orwell: A Collection of Critical EssaysPrentice Hall, 1974. p182p.

Williams, Raymond, Orwell, Fontana, 1974, 76pp.

Woodcock, George, The Crystal Spirit: A Study of George Orwell, Jonathan Cape, 1967. 288pp.

Woodcock, George, The Crystal Spirit: A Study of George Orwell, Black Rose Books. 2005. 252pp.

Zwerdling, Alex, Orwell and the LeftYale University Press, 1974. 215pp.



Barzun, JacquesWe Who TeachVictor Gollancz, 1946. 248pp.

Bierman, Robert, Keep the Aspidistra Flying, 1997 (DVD – 101 mins)

Connolly, Cyril, The Golden HorizonWeidenfeld & Nicolson, 1955. 596pp.

Cockett, Richard, David Astor and The Observer, Andre Deutsch Ltd, 1992. 390pp.

Glover, Dennis, The Last Man in Europe – A Novel, Black Inc., 2017

Huxley, Aldous, Brave New World, Chatto & Windus, 1932, First Edition

Jacob, Alaric, Scenes From a Bourgeois Life, Secker & Warburg 1949. 310pp
Laity, Paul, (Editor) Left Book Club Anthology, 2001,Victor Gollancz, 320pp.

London, Jack, The People of the Abyss, Nelson, 1903 (The author tramping in the East End inspired Orwell)

Lyons, Eugene, Assignment in UtopiaGeorge G. Harrap and Company Limited, 1937

MacMillan, Duncan & Icke, Robert, 1984, Oberon Modern Plays, 2013, 96pp.

Miller, Henry, Tropic of Cancer, Obelisk, Feb. 1939 Fifth Printing

Miller, Henry, Black Spring, The Obelisk Press, Feb. 1938 Second Printing

Miller, Henry, Tropic of Cancer, Grove, 1961 First American Edition

Miller, Henry, Tropic of Capricorn, Grove,1961 First American Edition

Miller, Henry, Black Spring, The Obelisk Press,1963 First American Edition

Montefiore, Janet, Men and Women Writers of the 1930s: The Dangerous Flood of History, Routledge, 2003

McBrien, William, Stevie: A Biography of Stevie SmithOxford University Press, 1987. 384pp.

Myers, L.H., The Root and the Flower/The Near and the Far, Secker & Warburg, 1984. 583pp.

Radford, Michael, 1984, 1984, (Bluray – 113 mins)

Rajan, B. & Pearse, Andrew (Editors), Focus OneDennis Dobson Publications, 1945

Schimanski, Stefan & Treece, Henry (editors), Leaves in the Storm: A Book of Diaries, Lindsay Drummond, 1947. 299pp.

Spalding, Frances, Stevie Smith: A Critical Biography1990. 332pp.

Spurling, Hilary, The Girl from the Fiction Department: A Portrait of Sonia Orwell, Counterpoint LLC, 2003, 193pp.

Wadhams, Stephen, Remembering Orwell: Unedited Recordings, 1983. (Courtesy of The Orwell Society)

Wilkinson, Gary, Wildflower, 2014 (DVD – 15 mins)


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