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Orwell

The Authorised Biography

Michael Shelden

£14.99

  • June 2006
  •  | Paperback
  •  | 576pp

ISBN: 9781842751732

About Orwell: The Authorised Biography

The definitive biography of one of the most exciting lives in literary history.

 

Michael Shelden's triumphant authorised biography of George Orwell restores a sense of drama and passion to Orwell's life, revealing him as a fascinating and heroic character, struggling to achieve his ambitions against a background of great public and private turmoil.

Orwell's life has to rank as one of the most exciting in literary history. An old Etonian and an officer in the Indian Imperial Police, he was also a dishwasher in a Paris hotel, a hop-picker in Kent, an investigative journalist, a wounded veteran of the Spanish Civil War, a celebrated novelist and a dreamer whose life was cut short by tuberculosis.

 

Shelden's portrait is complex and subtle. Drawing on a wide range of unpublished sources, it brings Orwell vividly to life as a passionate, vital, engaging personality. Meticulously researched and stylishly written, this is one of the most important literary biographies to be published.

 

'A highly readable and ...moving account of a man who looked at the world with wonder and wrote down what he saw, in admirable prose'

John Mortimer

 

'An excellent and enthralling life'

Spectator

 

'A very good book. It is deeply and honestly researched and unpretentiously written, and delivers a number of revelations. At every stage of Orwell's life, Shelden comes up with news.'

The Sunday Telegraph

 

'A clear, fluent, thoughtful narrative'

The Sunday Telegraph

 

'Shelden handles [Orwell's] conflicting aspects with great skill'

Anthony Powell

 

'Thorough, and thoroughly enjoyable... supported by diligent research and fresh observations'

Flux Magazine

 

Michael Shelden is the author of Friends of Promise: Cyril Connolly and the World of Horizon. He is a journalist and reviewer, and currently Professor of English at Indiana State University.

The Author

Michael Shelden

Michael Shelden is the author of Friends of Promise: Cyril Connolly and the World of Horizon and Mark Twain - Man in White. He is a journalist and reviewer, and is Professor of English at Indiana State University. 

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