Witnessing two kinds of executions in Burma (“A Hanging” and “Shooting an Elephant”) and firing salvos at British colonialism (“How a Nation is Exploited”), being down and out in Paris (“A Day in the Life of a Tramp”) and bookselling in Hampstead (“Bookshop Memories”), Orwell’s breadth of experience, compassion, and political insight make his early essays among his best.
It was also during this period that Orwell wrote and published Down and Out in Paris and London, The Road to Wigan Pier (originally published for the Left Book Club), and the memoir of his experiences in the Spanish Civil War, Homage to Catalonia. This first volume of the Collected Essays, Journalism, and Letters, spanning two decade of nonfiction writing and letters, contains some of the most remarkable writing of Orwell’s entire career.
“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