The articles collected in George Orwell's Essays illuminate the
life and work of one of the most individual writers of this century
- a man who elevated political writing to an art. This outstanding
collection brings together Orwell's longer, major essays and a fine
selection of shorter pieces that includes 'My Country Right or
Left', 'Decline of the English Murder', 'Shooting an Elephant' and
'A Hanging'. With great originality and wit Orwell unfolds his
views on subjects ranging from a revaluation of Charles Dickens to
the nature of Socialism, from a comic yet profound discussion of
naughty seaside postcards to a spirited defence of English cooking.
Displaying an almost unrivalled mastery of English plain prose,
Orwell's essays created a unique literary manner from the process
of thinking aloud and continue to challenge, move and entertain.