On Nineteen Eighty-Four: A Biography

Author:   D J Taylor ,  Charles Armstrong
Publisher:   Dreamscape Media
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9781974979943


Publication Date:   15 October 2019
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Since its publication nearly seventy years ago, George Orwell's 1984 has been regarded as one of the most influential novels of the modern age. Politicians have testified to its influence on their intellectual identities, rock musicians have made records about it, TV viewers watch a reality show named for it, and a White House spokesperson tells of alternative facts. The world we live in is often described as an Orwellian one, awash in inescapable surveillance and invasions of privacy. On 1984 dives deep into Orwell's life to chart his earlier writings and key moments in his youth, such as his years at a boarding school that's strict and charismatic headmaster shaped the idea of Big Brother. Taylor tells the story of the writing of the book, taking listeners to the Scottish island of Jura, where Orwell, newly famous thanks to Animal Farm but coping with personal tragedy and rapidly declining health, struggled to finish 1984. Published during the cold war--a term Orwell coined--Taylor elucidates the environmental influences on the book. Then he examines 1984's post-publication life, including its role as a tool to understand our language, politics, and government.

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Author:   D J Taylor ,  Charles Armstrong
Publisher:   Dreamscape Media
Imprint:   Dreamscape Media
Dimensions:   Width: 16.30cm , Height: 2.50cm , Length: 13.70cm
Weight:   0.136kg
ISBN:  

9781974979943


ISBN 10:   1974979946
Publication Date:   15 October 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Audio
Publisher's Status:   Active
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D. J. Taylor is a renowned critic, novelist, and biographer. After attending school in Norwich, he went on to study modern history at St. John's College in Oxford. A contributor to The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, The Independent, and other publications, he received the 2003 Whitbread Biography Award for his biography on George Orwell. He currently resides with his wife and three sons in Norwich. Charles Armstrong trained at the Drama Studio. His theatre work includes Stop Messing About (Leicester Square Theatre) and Round the Horne Revisited (West End and Tour). He has also worked for the Royal Shakespeare Company, National, and many Repertory Theaters. His work on film and TV includes Scoop, EastEnders, Poirot, Head Over Heels, and The Navigators. He has recorded numerous voiceovers, documentaries, radio dramas, and audiobooks.

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