The end of the Second World War prompted a wave of creativity looking forward to a (hopefully) better world in which such tragedies would become almost unthinkable... and also a surge of criticism of the factors and processes which had led to the War itself. This novel was hailed as a potential classic as soon as it appeared, the Evening Standard calling it "in some ways the most important book published since the war... A story of a ...future which convinces and appals...". The author was thanked by the Times Literary Supplement for being "a writer who deals with the problems of the world rather than the ingrowing pains of individuals.... able to speak seriously and with originality of the nature of reality and the terrors of power."
Eric Arthur Blair (1903–1950), better known by his pen name George Orwell, was an English novelist, essayist, journalist, and critic, best known for the allegorical novella "Animal Farm" (1945) and the dystopian novel "Nineteen eighty-four" (1949). His non-fiction works, including "The Road to Wigan Pier" (1937), documenting his experience of working class life in the north of England, and "Homage to Catalonia" (1938), an account of his experiences in the Spanish Civil War, are widely acclaimed, as are his essays on politics, literature, language, and culture. In 2008, The Times ranked him 2nd on a list of "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945". His work continues to influence popular and political culture, and the term Orwellian – descriptive of totalitarian or authoritarian social practices – has entered the language together with many of his neologisms, including Big Brother, Thought Police, Room 101, memory hole, newspeak, doublethink, proles, unperson, and thoughtcrime.
Our copy is in very nice condition, being an 8th impression of the 2nd setting/edition, dated 1965. It retains its unclipped dust jacket (designed by Denis Piper - no information available), and showing only minor signs of wear at the bottom and top of the spine panel and one 1cm tear at the top of the rear fold. The book itself is bound in light green cloth with silver/gilt title etc on the spine, and no external defects. Page tops coloured purple, with a little fading. Inside, the binding is firm, and all pages are clean and bright.