All Art Is Propaganda: Critical Essays

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Oct 14, 2009 - Literary Collections - 416 pages
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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."

 

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Orwell's writing is often a treat. Novels are my favorite literary art form, but I definitely love a good essay over a good short story. Somehow have gotten to this point in my life without reading ... Read full review

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The essays in this collection were originally published over several years in several different contexts. Yet, they tend to circle around a couple themes - low brow British culture (boys' weeklies ... Read full review

Contents

Boys Weeklies
63
Inside the Whale
95
The Tempest The Peaceful Inn
141
The Great Dictator
144
Wells Hitler and the World State
148
The Art of Donald McGill
156
No Not One
169
Rudyard Kipling
177
Raffles and Miss Blandish
232
Good Bad Books
248
The Prevention of Literature
253
Politics and the English Language
270
Confessions of a Book Reviewer
287
An Examination of Gullivers Travels
292
Lear Tolstoy and the Fool
316
Writers and Leviathan
337

T S Eliot
194
Can Socialists Be Happy?
202
Some Notes on Salvador Dali
210
Propaganda and Demotic Speech
223
Review of The Heart of the Matter by Graham Greene
346
Reflections on Gandhi
352
Notes
363
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GEORGE ORWELL (1903–1950) was born in India and served with the Imperial Police in Burma before joining the Republican Army in the Spanish Civil War. Orwell was the author of six novels as well as numerous essays and nonfiction works.

GEORGE PACKER is a staff writer for The New Yorker and author of The Assassin's Gate: America in Iraq and other works. He lives in Brooklyn.

Keith Gessen was born in Russia and educated at Harvard. He is a founding editor of n+1 and has written about literature and culture for Dissent, The Nation, The New Yorker, and the New York Review of Books. He is the author of the novel All the Sad Young Literary Men.

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