Self hits out at Orwell’s ‘rules’
Professor takes swipe over language
IN WHAT could be described as ‘a little local difficulty’, author Will Self has taken a swipe at George Orwell.
Mr Self, professor of contemporary thought at Brunel University, in Uxbridge, is quoted in Monday’s Independent newspaper, in a report of an interview he gave to BBC Radio 4, as saying Orwell’s rules for written English were ‘plain wrong’.
More controversially he described the giant of English literature as a ‘talented mediocrity’.
“The trouble for the George Orwells of this world is that they don’t like the ways in which our tongue is being shaped. In this respect they’re indeed ‘small c’ conservatives, who would rather peer at meaning by the guttering candlelight of a standard English frozen in time, than have it brightly illuminated by the highwattage of the living, changing language,” he reportedly told the radio programme.
Orwell taught in Uxbridge and Hayes in the early 1930s, at The Hawthorns School, in Church Road, Hayes, and then at what was Fray’s College, in Harefield Road, but which has now been demolished.
George Orwell (left) has been
n ‘TALENTED MEDIOCRITY’: criticised by Will Self (right)