A new edition of Orwell's early work, showing the origins of his commitment to social justice.

A new edition of Orwell's early account of bleak working class life in the industrial culture of Yorkshire and Lancashire, which revealed the distinctions between the upper classes of the British Empire and the reality of the people who worked in the factories to drive wealth and prosperity for others, never to get a share for themselves. Published while Orwell was in Spain, the book highlights the political philosophy that led him to fight for the leftist forces in the Civil War.

About the author(s)

George Orwell, the pseudonym of Eric Arthur Blair, was born in Bengal, India, in 1903. He was educated at Eton, became a policeman in Burma but suffered and studied poverty. His great works, Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four, are a product of his hatred of totalitarianism. His legacy of writing and political thought is much admired today.

Débora Tavares has a master’s in George Orwell’s 1984 and a PhD about Orwell's Keep the Aspidistra Flying and The Road to Wigan Pier, both from the University of São Paulo. She researches and teaches connections between literature and society, as well as Orwell’s writings. Her publications include a postface for a Brazilian edition of 1984.

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