In Front of Your Nose, 1945-1950:

The Collected Essays, Journalism, and Letters of George Orwell, Volume 4

“What I have most wanted to do… is to make political writing into an art.” —George Orwell

During the post-war years, Orwell published many of his greatest essays, “You and the Atomic Bomb”, “Politics and the English Language,” “The Prevention of Literature,” and “Why I Write.”

All these, and more, are included here—along with correspondence and other pieces that provide fascinating insight into Nineteen Eighty-Four. Orwell wrote it while suffering from tuberculous and died in 1950, the year after its publication. This collection of writing, and the preceding three volumes, however, create the astonishing record of an imperishable mind.

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“These four volumes might be the perfect tonic for what ails our society.”
—Franklin Freeman, America Magazine

“While [Orwell] is best known for Animal Farm and 1984, most of his writing derived from his tireless work as a journalist, and thanks to David Godine’s welcome reissue of The Collected Essays, Journalism, and Letters of George Orwell, which has been out of print for a decade, readers can find it all in one place. All of the author’s insightful, hard-hitting essays and journalistic pieces are here…the most complete picture of the writer and man possible.”
—Eric Liebetrau, Kirkus Reviews
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George Orwell is widely considered one of the greatest writers of the past century. Although his novels Nineteen Eighty-Four and Animal Farm are now the most widely-read of his works, Blair was primarily a nonfiction writer. His essays, memoirs, and journalistic work make up one of the most celebrated bodies of work in the English language.

Sonia Orwell, was the second and last wife of writer George Orwell. Together with David Astor and Richard Rees, George Orwell's literary executor, Brownell established the George Orwell Archive at University College London.

Ian Angus is the Head Librarian at King’s College in London. He previously served as Deputy Librarian at University College, where he helped set up the Orwell Archive. He has been a recognized Orwell scholar for over three decades.