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Author Taylor, D. J. (David John), 1960- author.

Title On nineteen eighty-four : a biography / D. J. Taylor.

Publication Info. New York, NY : Abrams Press, 2019.


Location Pub Note Copy No. Status
 Byron PL Adult Non Fiction - BYLY-14  809 TAY    AVAILABLE
 DeKalb PL Adult Non-Fiction - DKLY-12  823.912 ORW    AVAILABLE
 Seneca PL Adult Non-Fiction NEW - SEBB-3  809 TAYLOR    AVAILABLE
Description 194 pages : illustration ; 22 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 173-179) and index.
Contents Before (1903-1943) -- During (1943-1949) -- After (1949 ad infinitum).
Summary "Since its publication nearly 70 years ago, George Orwell's 1984 has been regarded as one of the most influential novels of the modern age. Politicians have testified to its influence on their intellectual identities, rock musicians have made records about it, TV viewers watch a reality show named for it, and a White House spokesperson tells of "alternative facts." The world we live in is often described as an Orwellian one, awash in inescapable surveillance and invasions of privacy. On 1984 dives deep into Orwell's life to chart his earlier writings and key moments in his youth, such as his years at a boarding school, whose strict and charismatic headmaster shaped the idea of Big Brother. Taylor tells the story of the writing of the book, taking readers to the Scottish island of Jura, where Orwell, newly famous thanks to Animal Farm but coping with personal tragedy and rapidly declining health, struggled to finish 1984. Published during the cold war -- a term Orwell coined -- Taylor elucidates the environmental influences on the book. Then he examines 1984's post-publication life, including its role as a tool to understand our language, politics, and government. In a current climate where truth, surveillance, censorship, and critical thinking are contentious, Orwell's work is necessary. Written with resonant and reflective analysis, On 1984 is both brilliant and remarkably timely." -- Provided by publisher.
Subject Orwell, George, 1903-1950.
Orwell, George, 1903-1950. Nineteen eighty-four.
Orwell, George, 1903-1950. Nineteen eighty-four -- History and criticism.
Orwell, George, 1903-1950. Nineteen eighty-four -- Influence.
Nineteen eighty-four (Orwell, George) (OCoLC)fst01356950
Authors, English -- 20th century -- Biography.
Added Title On 1984
ISBN 9781419738005 (hardcover)
1419738003 (hardcover)

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