A Study of George Orwell
The Man and his Works
First edition, first printing. Hardback in dustwrapper. 22 × 14cm, 212pp
Author Christopher Hollis knew George Orwell personally during his schooldays at Eton, afterwards in Burma, and at the end of his life. From the experiences described in Down and Out in Paris and London to the points in his life that began driving him toward socialism, A Study of George Orwell is a comprehensive overview of Orwell’s work as it related to his personal life. Hollis guides the reader all the way through Orwell’s oeuvre, including his two most famous books—Animal Farm and 1984—which are, arguably, the greatest literary protests of political power and tyranny ever penned. Portraying Orwell as a fearless champion of the common man and a follower in the footsteps of Jonathan Swift, Hollis offers a compelling review and analysis of Orwell’s work as well as a perspective not found by the average, distant biographer.
The book itself is in very good condition, with a little dustiness to the pages' top edge. The wrapper has some small closed tears and creases along the edges, and is tanned to the spine and edges. It is now within a protective sleeve and has not been price-clipped.