Inside the Whale: On Writers and Writing. George Orwell.

Inside the Whale: On Writers and Writing

London: Pushkin Press, 2021. Jonny Hannah (cover art). First Printing. Softcover. New. French flaps. 12 x 16.5 cm. 203 pp. Item #14500

Unfailingly elegant and endlessly relevant, the four essays in this collection treat literature as a vital record of our political hypocrisies, our social failings, and the ennobling limits of our ideological aspirations. Delving into the literary canon, George Orwell encounters dusty classics and lesser-known works of literature on his own exhilarating terms. The novels of Henry Miller lead him inside the belly of Jonah’s whale, an imagined refuge in a time of total war. A trenchant investigation of Charles Dickens unfolds into a poignant portrait of nineteenth-century liberalism. A minor pamphlet on Shakespeare by Tolstoy provokes a stirring evocation of humanism and the excessive vitality of life. A series of singularly thrilling reading experiences, they celebrate Orwell’s engagement with the world of writers and literature.

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