On nineteen eighty-four : a biography

by Taylor, D. J. 1960-

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From the author of the definitive biography of George Orwell, a captivating account of the origin and enduring power of his landmark dystopian novel

Since its publication nearly 70 years ago, George Orwell's 1984has been regarded as one of the most influential novels of the modern age. Politicians have testified to its influence on their intellectual identities, rock musicians have made records about it, TV viewers watch a reality show named for it, and a White House spokesperson tells of "alternative facts." The world we live in is often described as an Orwellian one, awash in inescapable surveillance and invasions of privacy.

On 1984dives deep into Orwell's life to chart his earlier writings and key moments in his youth, such as his years at a boarding school, whose strict and charismatic headmaster shaped the idea of Big Brother. Taylor tells the story of the writing of the book, taking readers to the Scottish island of Jura, where Orwell, newly famous thanks to Animal Farmbut coping with personal tragedy and rapidly declining health, struggled to finish 1984. Published during the cold war--a term Orwell coined--Taylor elucidates the environmental influences on the book. Then he examines 1984's post-publication life, including its role as a tool to understand our language, politics, and government.

In a current climate where truth, surveillance, censorship, and critical thinking are contentious, Orwell's work is necessary. Written with resonant and reflective analysis, On 1984is both brilliant and remarkably timely
Before (1903-1943)
During (1943-1949)
After (1949 ad infinitum)

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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Taylor (Orwell: A Life) delivers a second George Orwell "biography," in this case tracing the "life" of the author's most famous novel, 1984. In discussing the book's genesis, Taylor suggests that Orwell's public school experiences, as related in his essay "Such, Such Were the Joys," gave him an early taste of repressive regimes. Orwell himself pointed to the 1943 Tehran Conference--in which Churchill, Stalin, and Roosevelt met to "carve up" the post-WWII world--as providing initial inspiration for his dystopian future. Most compelling is Taylor's account of Orwell's unusual (for him) struggle to complete the novel, while wracked by tuberculosis and holed up in a remote village in the Inner Hebrides. Taylor vividly evokes the image of a tubercular Orwell hunched in bed, laboriously typing out a fair copy of the manuscript for his publisher, while the Atlantic rages outside his window. Less thorough on the book's post-publication life, Taylor does convey the trouble to which Orwell went, mostly fruitlessly, to prevent the book's political misappropriation by both left and right. Unfortunately, 1984's influence far exceeds the capacity this slender volume can capture, but Taylor has nevertheless crafted a gripping portrait of the creation of an essential novel. (Oct.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Orwell, George, -- 1903-1950.
Orwell, George, -- 1903-1950. -- Nineteen eighty-four.
Orwell, George, -- 1903-1950 -- Influence.
Authors, English -- 20th century -- Biography.
Publisher New York :Abrams Press,2019
Other Titles On 1984
Language English
Description 194 pages : illustration ; 22 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 173-179) and index.
ISBN 9781419738005
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