All Art Is Propaganda

All Art Is Propaganda

Critical Essays

Book - 2008
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As a critic, George Orwell cast a wide net. Equally at home discussing Charles Dickens and Charlie Chaplin, he moved back and forth across the porous borders between essay and journalism, high art and low. A frequent commentator on literature, language, film, and drama throughout his career, Orwell turned increasingly to the critical essay in the 1940s, when his most important experiences were behind him and some of his most incisive writing lay ahead. All Art Is Propaganda follows Orwell as he demonstrates in piece after piece how intent analysis of a work or body of work gives rise to trenchant aesthetic and philosophical commentary. With masterpieces such as "Politics and the English Language" and "Rudyard Kipling" and gems such as "Good Bad Books," here is an unrivaled education in, as George Packer puts it, "how to be interesting, line after line."
Publisher: Orlando : Harcourt, c2008
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780151013555
Branch Call Number: 824 Orwell
Characteristics: xxxii, 374 p. ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Packer, George 1960-


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Aug 17, 2015

Previous commenter got title wrong. It's Facing Unpleasant Facts.

Apr 21, 2015

Eric Blair, who wrote as George Orwell, was only 46 when he succumbed to tuberculous in 1950, but in his short life he had secured his place as one of the most important writers of the 20th century. The causal reader (and high school student) will always think of Orwell in connection with "1984" and "Animal Farm," but it's his non-fiction that is arguably more influential and enduring. This collection of his critical writings, compiled by New Yorker writer George Packer, is an excellent cross-section of his essays, which touch on politics, literature, film, theater, writing, and other subjects. Also check out the companion piece, "Facing Unpleasant Truths," which is a collection of his narrative essays.


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