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George Orwell


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George Orwell : Road to Wigan Pier

'Started to read George Orwell's "Road to Wigan Pier" -Left Book Club choice for March. Arrived at Liverpool St. punctually at 9.30.'

Century: 1900-1945     Reader/Listener/Group: anon      Print: Book


George Orwell : Road to Wigan Pier, The

'I marvelled that "The Road to Wigan Pier", to me naive, had made such a stir. I could think of nothing in it that was not obvious, but when I said so in the Cole Group it was as if I had uttered a mortal heresy'.

Century: 1900-1945     Reader/Listener/Group: Ralph Glasser      Print: Book


George Orwell : Road to Wigan Pier, The

'I had by this time [his mid-teens] also struck up a friendship with a young, unemployed, linotype operator, six or seven years older than myself. He lived in a street at the back of the Lodging House, was a member of the Left book Club, and lent me (among much else) his copy of Orwell's "The Road to Wigan Pier". Somehow, too, I came upon the poems of Auden, Spender, Day-Lewis, MacNeice; Isherwood's "Goodbye to Berlin".'

Century: 1900-1945     Reader/Listener/Group: Charles Causley      Print: Book


George Orwell : Article in "The Observer"

'Even George Orwell, who had dismissed "Seed of Chaos" with contempt the previous year, now expressed deep misgivings in "The Observer" for April 8th.'

Century: 1900-1945     Reader/Listener/Group: Vera Brittain      Print: Newspaper


George Orwell : Down and Out in Paris and London

'Meeting held at School House 31st May 1941
R. D. L. Moore in the chair

1. The minutes of the last meeting were read and approved.


3. The Chairman read a letter of greetings and regret for her absence from Janet Rawlings in which she suggested “Modern Poetry” as a possible subject for one of our meetings.


5. The Subject of the meeting was “Autobiography” & it proved a very varied and interesting one. Readings were given as follows:
1) My Life of Music by Sir Henry J. Wood     read by A. B. Dilks
2) My days of strength by Dr. Anne Fearn     read by S. A. Reynolds
Autobiography by John Stuart Mill     read by F. E. Pollard
Vanished Pomps of Yesterday by Lord Frederick Hamilton
    read by Rosamund Wallis
Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell
    read by Arnold Joselin.
A Great Experiment by Lord Robert Cecil
    read by J. Knox Taylor.

[signed as a true record] AB Dilks'

Century: 1900-1945     Reader/Listener/Group: Arnold Joselin      Print: Book


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