Monthly Archives: July 2011

Orwell contra Huxley

In his latest Student Operated Press posting, Djelloul Marbrook recalls a comparison of Orwell and Aldous Huxley by cultural critic Neil Postman in his 1985 book Amusing Ourselves to Death that’s worth recalling: “What Orwell feared were those who would ban books. … Continue reading

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Oliver Heald: Orwell Festival “an excellent initiative”

Gofblog is pleased to relay a message of support for the George Orwell Festival from Conservative MP for Hertfordshire North East Oliver Heald, who writes: “George Orwell’s Animal Farm has inspired and challenged many generations of young people to think … Continue reading

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Orwell’s house for rent…

Oxfordshire letting agents are making much of the fact that what’s “thought to be” one of Orwell’s childhood homes, in the town of Shiplake, where the Blairs lived between 1912 and 1915, has come onto the market for rent. According to some … Continue reading

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“There are so many apt Orwell quotations that can be applied to the ‘News of the World’…”

Francis Phillips, writing in today’s Catholic Herald, suggests some favourites…

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“George Orwell was no fan of the ‘News of the World’…”

‘The essay quoted by the News of the World in its final editorial was no defence of muckraking journalism. But George Orwell would have been amused to find his words taken out of context…’ Read more of Robert McCrum’s Guardian.co.uk … Continue reading

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Re. Henry Miller’s changing jacket…

Passing through Paris en route to the Spanish Civil War in December 1936, Orwell dropped in on expatriate American writer Henry Miller at his studio in Villa Seurat. Orwell had praised Miller’s novel ‘Tropic of Cancer’ (1934), and the two had … Continue reading

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Raising the bar for pub names

Returning to the topic of Orwell commemoration, it’s probably worth a mention that he has had at least two UK pubs named in his honour. There’s The George Orwell at 382 Essex Road, Islington, London (N1 3PF), not too far away from … Continue reading

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Carry on ‘Mein Kampf’-ing

One of the more extraordinary (if minor) revelations in Jeffrey Meyer’s biography of Orwell crops up in his account of Orwell’s stint at the BBC Eastern Service. Meyer writes: ‘During the war [the BBC] continued to pay Hitler royalties, through … Continue reading

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Streets behind on Orwell place naming?

Orwell hated the idea of hero-worship. Although his writings were often autobiographical, he forbade anyone to write a biography of him. He wanted his works to be all that he might be remembered by. And yet, despite several biographies published … Continue reading

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