George Orwell: A Life


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The authoritative biography of George Orwell, written with the cooperation of Orwell's widow. 'In its thoroughness, and its mastery of a considerable volume of material, this is the definitive biography of Orwell.' Sunday Times 'It is hardly worth using up space to declare just how good it is. Different readers will come away from its seventeen pungent and packed chapters with diverse memories of its excellence.' Guardian

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Andrew S

May 26, 2011

Best biography of Orwell by far

Many biographies have been written about Orwell, but as someone who's written on Orwell's work, I don't think anyone has surpassed Crick. Crick writes clearly and beautiful; the book is worthy of Orwell's own standards. And unlike most of Orwell's biographers, Crick was a noted political thinker himself. While he does write about Orwell's personal life, he rightly regards it as less interesting than Orwell's life as a writer, and refuses to reduce Orwell's ideas to psychoanalysis (which would mostly be speculative anyway; Orwell was not one to reveal his deepest feelings). Without claiming that Orwell was a deep political thinker and without ignoring his flaws, Crick gives a deep and complete account of how Orwell's life as a man of letters developed and why his writing matters as much as it does.

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