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Author
George Orwell. Peter Davison, ed. Christopher Hitchens, intro.
Publisher Liveright  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.5 x 1.5 inches
ISBN 9780871404107
Pages/Publication Date 597/2009
Daedalus Item Code 38038
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Written as individual books throughout his career, the 11 surviving diaries collected here record George Orwell's youthful travels among miners and itinerant laborers, the rise of totalitarianism, the London Blitz, and the feverish composition of his masterpieces Animal Farm and 1984. More personal entries cover the tragic death of his first wife, Orwell's passion for farming and the outdoors, and his decline as he battled tuberculosis. Taken together, the diaries form a de facto autobiography of this profound yet very private thinker.

"Reading these diaries leaves one … with a confirmed admiration for the sterling qualities that have made him a benchmark for integrity and a lodestar for writers and thinkers across the ideological spectrum. Embedded in the DNA of his writing is that austere, penetrating analytical ability, averse to cant or any form of hypocrisy and pretension, unsparing of everything and everyone—especially himself…. Once pen is put to paper, or fingers to typewriter, those qualities appear, second nature to his writing, even the most casual."—SFChronicle

 
 
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