By Edward Quinn
The entries during this source comprise synopses and demanding exams of all of Orwell's paintings; descriptions of characters in Orwell's fiction, equivalent to Winston Smith, Napoleon the pig, and extra; descriptions of individuals, areas and themes very important in Orwell's lifestyles and paintings, akin to communism, the Spanish Civil battle, and extra.
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The proper homage to Homage would have to wait for the first American edition (1952), in which the introductory essay by Lionel Trilling not only paid respect to a work now regarded as among Orwell’s finest but also established an image of the author as “a virtuous man,” contributing significantly to the “Orwell Myth” in the years to come (Rodden, Politics, 73–82). One month before the publication of Homage, Orwell was hospitalized with a tubercular lesion (later confirmed as an early stage of tuberculosis) in his lungs and spent the next six months recuperating in a sanitorium in Kent, his progress monitored George Orwell’s identity card photo, September 1938 (Orwell Archive, UCL Library Services, Special Collections) 18 Critical Companion to George Orwell by Eileen’s brother, Dr.
I found him unreadable” was Williams’s judgment, conveyed in an interview with a radical journal’s editorial board. The 1980s became the “Orwell decade,” as the “countdown” to 1984, the year itself, and the aftermath offered a media orgy that featured soaring book sales of the novel, televised documentaries, countless tedious magazine ads playing off terms such as Big Brother, Orwellian, or newspeak, and a seemingly numberless series of rock songs invoking Orwell or Big Brother. Academic conferences at universities cropped up all over with participants from a wide range of disciplines (Orwell was one writer who was never the exclusive property of the English department); the proceedings more often than not were reprinted by university presses.
With the loss of Singapore, India becomes for the time being the centre of the war, one might say, the centre of the world. The second is from November 28, 1942, shortly after the Soviet army had successfully surrounded the German Sixth Army at Stalingrad, thereby all but guaranteeing a Soviet victory and marking a turning point in the war: Well, now that almost certainly the Germans will be forced to retreat from Stalingrad even that claim can’t be made any longer. The German propagandists, therefore, will be in the unenviable position of having to admit that their military commanders have poured out lives and material on an enormous scale for an objective which finally wasn’t achieved.
Critical Companion to George Orwell: A Literary Reference to His Life and Work by Edward Quinn