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Orwell, George. Nineteen Eighty-Four. 1949.
A satirical novel set in London in the fictional future year 1984; published in 1949.
by George Orwell
Winston Smith lives in a society in which "the Party" keeps a ruthless stranglehold on power through total control over the thoughts and actions of its members. When Winston and his lover Julia defy the Thought Police and join an underground resistance movement, they soon discover the powerlessness of the individual in the face of absolute political oppression.
The Noxel in Focus
Events in History at the Time of the Novel
Eric Arthur Blair was born in Motihari, Bengal, India on June 25,1903, to English parents. Though offered a university scholarship, Blair instead opted to serve in the Indian Imperial Police in Burma. On leave in England in 1927, he dropped out and decided against returning to Burma. Troubled by the caste and racial barriers that had prevented him from getting to know a wider cross-section of the populace there, he began mixing with the downtrodden of Europe, gathering material for Down and Out in Paris and London. He changed his name upon the publication of this first book (1933) to George Orwell after the Orwell River in Suffolk, England. In his fiction and essays, Orwell stresses the importance of intellectual and human liberty, attacking imperialism, totalitarianism, and left-wing hypocrisy as its enemies. These convictions found perhaps their ultimate literary expression in his last novel, Nineteen Eighty-Four.
For More Information
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Orwell, George. A Collection of Essays. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1946.
Orwell, George. Nineteen Eighty-Four. 1949. Reprint. New York: Signet, 1981.
Poupard, Dennis, and James E. Person Jr., eds. Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism. Vol. 15. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985.
Reilly, Patrick. Nineteen Eighty-Four: Past, Present, and Future. Boston: Twayne, 1989.
Schorer, Mark. "An Indignant and Prophetic Novel." The New York Times Book Review (June 12, 1949): 1.
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Sillen, Samuel. "Maggot of the Month." Masses and Mainstream 2, no. 8 (August 1949): 79-81.