ORWELL COLLECTION

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. 😉

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Collecting First Editions

What is the curious attraction of first editions? This link will give you an idea of the prices Orwell’s books fetch when housed in their highly sought after dust jackets, especially works published during 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 suggest George Orwell (1903-1950) will continue to be an extraordinarily important writer to collectors for the foreseeable future. 

My collection is now complete with all first editions of the books published – both in the USA and UK – during Orwell’s lifetime on the shelf. All of these first editions now have facsimile or genuine dust jackets except his first book, Down and Out in London and Paris. This includes 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). The facsimile covers are stunning and I am pleased to have the American printing of Orwell’s last novel in an original dust jacket. It is gratifying to have two of my absolute favourites – The Lion and the Unicorn: Socialism and the English Genius and Critical Essays – in very good, original covers too. All of my later American first editions have very good to fine original dust jackets.

* On a trip to the Isle of Jura, Orwell’s son, Richard Blair, signed both editions at Barnhill.

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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 Catalonia. The first UK edition of Down and Out in Paris and London with a genuine dust jacket is the book I most covet but am unlikely to ever own considering the price asked for Orwell’s first book. I am lucky enough to have a genuine first edition (and also a third impression, printed in the same month in January) without their dust jackets. It is fitting that Orwell’s first book I collected was the last one added to my shelf. A gorgeous US first edition with a facsimile cover sits alongside it. I really only have the pamphlet, James Burnham and the Managerial Revolution (1946) to collect. It would be nice to pick-up some more first editions with original dust jackets but that is becoming increasingly unlikely.

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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). It is also the only one of his books that has “Eric Blair” on the copyright page rather than “George Orwell”.

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Down and Out in Paris and LondonVictor Gollancz, 1933 (1500 copies printed)

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)

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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)

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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)

Nineteen Eighty-Four, Harcourt, Brace and Company, June 1949 (First American edition in original dust jacket and signed by Richard Blair)

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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 

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Orwell’s Fiction and Non Fiction

My bookshelves include multiple copies of Orwell’s fiction and non fiction in various editions, including translations in French, German and Danish.  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, is a treasure that I have now completely finished. It is an excellent and scholarly resource.

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

Animal Farm: A Fairy StoryThe Folio Society, 1984. 104pp. (First edition, illustrated by Quentin Blake)

Animal Farm: A Fairy Story, Harcourt Brace, 1995. 192pp. (Fiftieth Anniversary edition illustrated by Ralph Steadman)

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

Coming Up For Air, Penguin, 1974

Penguin firsts

Decline of the English Murder and Other Essays, Penguin, 1965. 192pp. (First Penguin edition)

Decline of the English Murder and Other Essays, Penguin, 1975. 192pp.

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

Notes on Nationalism, Penguin Classics, 2018. 64pp.

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.

The Collected Essays, Journalism and Letters of George Orwell (CEJL)

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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 (CW)

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.

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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

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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.

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Uniform Series (Secker & Warburg)

Orwell fantasised – when he was a teenager and dreaming of being a FAMOUS AUTHOR – about having ‘uniform editions’ of his books in dark blue jackets, He never managed to get that desired colour but was, in the last years of his life, focused on having the works he wished to remain in print standardised. Burmese Days and Coming Up For Air (1948) were published in this uniform edition while he lived but it took until 1959 forThe Road to Wigan Pier to appear. There is nothing particularly uniform about the appearance of the books and a number of challenges often prevented the text being reprinted as Orwell wished.

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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)

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

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

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

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

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

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Orwell Translated

During Orwell’s lifetime his books were translated into several languages. There was great interest in Eastern European to translate Animal Farm and later, after his death this accelerated with the growing fame of Nineteen Eighty-four. My collection currently includes French, German, Turkish, Chinese, Hungarian and Danish translations, many of them first editions.

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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)

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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)

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1984, Gallimard, Paris, 1950. 374pp. (First French trade edition of 1984 translated from English by Amélie Audiberti)

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)

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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)

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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)

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Hayvan Çiftligi, Maarif Vekâleti, 1954. 112pp. (First Turkish edition of Animal Farm, translated by Halide Edib Adivar. The novella was first published in Turkish in 1952 in instalments in Cumhuriyet newspaper. Later in 1954 it was published as a book by Turkish Ministry of Education again using Adivar’s translation. The novella was published under the title “New American Literature Series’, and this mistake continued until 1990. In the 1990 edition, ‘New American Literature’ title was removed without any explanation. First Turkish Edition. Four copies in OCLC; (Three in Turkish, one in US libraries). OCLC: 850815315.
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1984, Işık Kitapları, 1958 (First Turkish edition, translated by Vahit Turhan; S Tonguç)

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Katalonya’ya selam, Alan Yayinccilik, 1985. 288pp. (First Turkish edition of Homage to Catalonia, translated by Jülide Ergüder)

1984, SDX Joint Publishing Company, (Chinese translation)

Animal Farm, Beijing October literature and Arts Press, 2010 (Chinese translation)

Animal Farm, Tai WAN Dong Fang/ Tsai Fong Books, 1993 (Chinese translation)

The Lion and The Unicorn: Socialism and the English Genius, Beijing Yanshan Press, 2015 (Chinese translation – first edition)

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1984, Európa Könyvkiadó, 1989. 373pp. (First legal Hungarian publication of Nineteen Eighty-four translated by Szíjgyártó László)

Állati Gazdaság, Budapest: AB Publisher House, 1988. 64pp.  (This is a Hungarian samizdat edition of Animal Farm and the title translates as Animal Economy or maybe Animal Agriculture. It states 1984 on the cover but was published in 1988. It is staple bound in cerise illustrated card covers with uncredited original illustrations on most pages)

Állatfarm, Európa Könyvkiadó 1989 (First legal Hungarian publication of Animal Farm translated by Szíjgyártó László)

Journals, Prefaces and other Contributions

It is wonderful to have some lesser-known, if not exactly esoteric texts too. Orwell wrote a number of prefaces to anthologies and novels, including for his literary hero, Jack London. He also contributed reviews and essays to various compilations in the 1940s. I have managed to procure several good copies in dust jackets of these texts. 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. It is pleasing to have scholarly contemporary journals, such as George Orwell Studies, on my shelf too.

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A numbers of original journal publications (The Adelphi, Horizon, Partisan Review and World Review) where several of Orwell’s most famous essays were originally printed 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 South Africans really like their Orwell.

Review of Herman Melville by Lewis Mumford, The New Adelphi, Volume III, Number 4, March-May 1930, (writing as E.A. Blair)

Review of Alexander Pope by Sitwell, The Course of English Classicism by Sherard Vines, The New Adelphi, Volume III, Number 5, June-August 1930, (writing as E.A. Blair)

Review of J. B. Priestley’s Angel Pavement, The Adelphi, Volume I, Number 1, October 1930, (writing as E.A. Blair)

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)

St Andrew’s Day: A Poem, 1935The Adelphi, Volume 11, Number 2, November 1935, (writing as George Orwell for the first time)

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

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Horizon: A Review of Literature and Art. Volume I, Nos. 2-7 (February -July 1940)

Horizon: A Review of Literature and Art. Volume II, Nos. 9 & 11 (September & December 1940)

Horizon: A Review of Literature and Art. Volume III, No. 15 (March 1941)

Horizon: A Review of Literature and Art. Volume IV, Nos. 20-22 & 24 (August-October & December 1941)

Horizon: A Review of Literature and Art. Volume V, No. 26 (February 1942)

Horizon: A Review of Literature and Art. Volume VI, No. 31 (July 1942)

Horizon: A Review of Literature and Art. Volume VII, No. 37 (January 1943)

Horizon: A Review of Literature and Art. Volume VIII, Nos. 45 & 47 (September & November 1943),

Horizon: A Review of Literature and Art. Volume X, No. 58 (October 1944)

Horizon: A Review of Literature and Art. Volume XIII, No. 76 (April 1946)

Horizon: A Review of Literature and Art. Volume XIV, No. 81 (September 1946)

Horizon: A Review of Literature and Art. Volume XVI, No. 96 (December 1947)

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The Prevention of Literature, Polemic. No. 2. January, 1946. pp. 4-13.2.

Lear, Tolstoy and the Fool, Polemic. No. 7. March, 1947. pp. 2-17

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

1984 and Newspeak, World Review, May 1949

Unpublished Notebooks, World Review, June 1950

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Brown, Ivor (introduction), Current British Thought, Nicholas Kaye. 1947. 462pp. (*Includes the Horizon questionnaire on The Cost of Letters sent in 1946 to various writers, along with the responses to the questionnaire by authors including George Orwell. Contributors also include Bernard Shaw, Robert Graves, Stephen Spender, J. B. Priestly, Julian Huxley, Harold Nicolson)

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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.

George Orwell Studies, Vol.1 No. 1, 2016

George Orwell Studies, Vol.1 No. 2, 2017

George Orwell Studies, Vol.2 No. 1, 2017

George Orwell Studies, Vol.2 No. 1, 2018

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)

 

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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

Rajan, B. & Pearse, Andrew (Editors), Focus TwoDennis Dobson Publications, 1946

Revue L’ARC N°94 George Orwell, 1984

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 the following reference works are immaculately preserved 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.

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

Alexander, Bill, George Orwell and Spain, 198418pp.

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.

Binns, Ronald, Orwell in Southwold, Zoilus Press, March 8, 2018. pp142.

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, 2003, 512pp.

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

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

Brannigan, John, Orwell to the Present: Literature in England, 1945-2000, Palgrave, 2002. 244pp.

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, 2006. 200pp.

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.

Collis, Maurice, Trials in Burma, Faber and Faber, 2011. 224pp.

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

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

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

Coutts Smith, Jim, George Orwell in Wallington: The Original Animal Farm, Mardleybury Publishing, 2011. 13pp.

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.

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

Esteves, Olivier & Rosat, Jean-Jacques, George Orwell: Entre littérature et politique, Agone 45, 2011 (George Orwell, between literature and politics)

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.

Leab, Daniel J. (ed), George Orwell: An Exhibition at The Grolier Club (catalogue)Cogswell Tavern Press, 1996. 59pp.

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 Companion (Literary Companions), 1982. 278pp.

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

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

Hewison, Robert, Under Siege: Literary Life in London 1939-45Methuen Publishing Ltd, 1988. 246pp.

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.

Howe, Irving, 1984 Revisited: Totalitarianism in Our CenturyHarpercollins, 1983. 276pp.

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.

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

Joll, James, The Anarchists, Little, Brown & Co, 1965. 303pp.

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

Kerr, Douglas, George OrwellNorthcote House Publishers, 2003.128pp.

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.

Lucas, Scott, Orwell: Life & TimesHaus Publishing Ltd, 2003. 180pp.

Marks, Peter, Imagining Surveillance Eutopian and Dystopian Literature and Film, Edinburgh University Press, 2017. 240pp.

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

Meyers, Jeffrey, Orwell: Life and ArtUniversity of Illinois Press, 2010. 272pp.

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

Meyers, Jeff, Orwell: Wintry Conscience of a Generation. New York: W.W. Norton & Co., 2000. 380pp.

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, Hope Lies in the Proles George Orwell and the Left, Pluto Press, 2018. 208pp.

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.

Pinnock, Dan, Orwell’s Life in Wallington: A Village and its Author, Mardleybury Publishing, 2011. 29pp.

‘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

Rai, Alok, Orwell and the Politics of Despair: A Critical Study of the Writings of George OrwellCambridge University Press, 1990. pp.

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.

Rodden, John, Scenes from an Afterlife: The Legacy of George OrwellIsis Books, 2003. 305pp.

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

Ross, John, Orwell’s Cough, Oneworld, 2012. 277pp.

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.

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

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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.

Smith, Jim Coutts, George Orwell in Wallington: The Original Animal Farm, Mardleybury Publishing, 2010. 16pp.

Stansky, Peter (editor), On Nineteen Eighty-Four, WH Freeman & Co, 1984. 226pp.

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

Stansky, Peter & Abrahams, William, Orwell: The TransformationAlfred A. Knopf, 1980, 302pp.

Stansky, Peter & Abrahams, William, Orwell: The TransformationAlfred A. Knopf, 1980, 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.

Voorhees, Richard J., The Paradox of George Orwell, Literary Licensing LLC, 2011. 128 pp.

Wadhams, Stephen, Remembering Orwell, Penguin, 1984.

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

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

Wildemeersch, Marc, George Orwell’s Commander in Spain: The Enigma of Georges Kopp, Thames River Press, 2013. 144pp.

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.

Woodcock, George, Orwell’s Message: 1984 and the Present, Harbour Publishing Co Ltd, 1984. 212pp.

Wykes, David, A Preface to Orwell, Addison-Wesley Longman Ltd, 1987. 200pp.

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

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Books Reviewed by Orwell (or influencing him)

Orwell was a working journalist, essayist and book reviewer. His output was extraordinary by any measure. His opinion of the novels, poetry and non fiction he reviewed is enhanced by reading the book too.

Barzun, Jacques, We Who TeachVictor Gollancz, 1946. 248pp. First Edition

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

Collis, Maurice, Trials in Burma, Faber & Faber, 2011. 224pp.

Constantine, Murray, Swastika Night, Left Book Club Edition, Victor Gollancz Ltd., 1940 (Katharine Burdekin)

Gissing, George, New Grub StreetOxford University Press, 2016. 528pp.

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

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Jacob, Alaric, Scenes From a Bourgeois Life, Secker & Warburg, 1949. 310pp. First Edition

Lean, E Tangye, Voices in the Darkness: The Story of the European Radio War, Secker and Warburg, 1943. 243pp. First Edition

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

London, Jack, The People of the Abyss – Illustrated EditionThe Workinghouse Press, 2013. 172pp.

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

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

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

Robinson, Captain H.R., A Modern De Quincey: An Autobiography, George G. Harrap and Co, 1942. 150pp. First Edition

Robinson, Captain H.R., A Modern De Quincey: An Autobiography, George G. Harrap and Co, 1942. 150pp. First Edition (in torn dust jacket)

Robinson, Captain H.R., A Modern De Quincey: An Autobiography, George G. Harrap and Co, 1942. 150pp. First Edition (signed copy in good dust jacket)

Robinson, Captain H.R., A Modern De Quincey: An Autobiography of an Opium Addict, Orchid Press, 2004. 152pp.

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Sington, Derrick and Weidenfeld, Arthur, The Goebbels Experiment: A Study of the Nazi Propaganda Machine, Yale University Press, 1943. 273pp.

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Smith, Stevie, The HolidayChapman and Hall, 1949. (Orwell is satirised as Basil Tate) First Edition

Starkie, Enid, Baudelaire, Pelican Biographies, Great Britain, 1971, 720pp.

Zamyatin, Yevgeny, We, Vintage, (1920) 2007. 208pp.

Miscellany

Acton, Harold, More Memoirs of an Aesthete, Hamish Hamilton, 1987. 412pp.

Christie, WHJ., “St Cyprian’s Days”, Blackwood’s Magazine Volume 309. January – June 1971, William Blackwood & Sons Ltd., 1971. 576pp.

Barbera, Jack and McBrien, William, Stevie: A Biography of Stevie SmithOxford University Press, 1985. 378pp.

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

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

Hall, Peter, The Play of Animal Farm, Heinemann, 1993

Laity, Paul, (Editor) Left Book Club Anthology, 2001,Victor Gollancz, 320pp.
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MacMillan, Duncan & Icke, Robert, 1984, Oberon Modern Plays, 2013, 96pp.

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

Osborne, Henry, Diaries of Henry Osborne, Sub-Deputy Opium Agent for the Opium Department, India Office, of the British Government in Bengal Province, India, 1876-1905, Lett’s Diaries Company, Ltd 

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Rodden, John, Of G-Men and Eggheads – The FBI and the New York Intellectuals, University of Illinois Press, 2017. 132pp.

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.

Thomson, George Malcom, Martin Secker & Warburg: The First Fifty Years, Secker & Warburg, 1986. 87pp.

Warburg, Frederic, All Authors Are Equal, St Martin’s Press, 1973. 310pp.

West, WJ., Truth Betrayed, Ronald P Frye & Co, 1987. 262pp.

Audio-visual

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

Colls, Robert, Orwell, George: English RebelNarrated by John Lee (10 hours 36 minutes)

Orwell, George, Animal Farm, Narrated by Simon Callow (3 hours 11 minutes)

Orwell, George, Burmese Days, Narrated by Allan Corduner (10 hours 19 minutes)

Orwell, George, Down and Out in London and ParisNarrated by Jeremy Northam (6 hours 57 minutes)

Orwell, George, Homage to Catalonia, Narrated by Jeremy Northam (8 hours 59 minutes)

Orwell, George, Keep the Aspidistra FlyingNarrated by Richard E. Grant (9 hours 1 minute)

Orwell, George, Nineteen Eighty-fourNarrated by Andrew Wincott (12 hours 22 minutes)

Orwell, George, The Complete Poetry, Narrated by Greg Wise and Dione Venables (2 hours 19 minutes)

Orwell, George, The Road to Wigan Pier, Narrated by Jeremy Northam, (7 hours 37 minutes)

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

Wadhams, Stephen, Unpublished Recordings, CBC Radio recording, 1983. (Courtesy of The Orwell Society)

West, Morris, 2UE: Lux Radio Theatre: Nineteen Eighty-Four (starring Vincent Price), 1955, 2UE, Australia

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

Ebooks

Newsinger, John, Hope Lies in the Proles George Orwell and the Left, Pluto Press, 2018. 208pp.

Saunders, Lorraine, The Unsung Artistry of George Orwell, Ashgate, 2013, 170pp.

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