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Orwell and America

Newsinger, J (2016) Orwell and America. In: George Orwell Studies Conference, 7 January 2016, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK.

Abstract

Did Orwell ignore the United States? Was he so focused on England, Europe, Burma and the Soviet Union that he turned his back altogether on the country that in his lifetime was to become the most important in the world? The answer is no. Orwell wrote his most important wartime journalism for the US magazine Partisan Review. He wrote about American literature, most notably about Jack London. He was very concerned about the US influence on Britain, both political and cultural. Towards the end of his life, he made clear that he regarded the Labour government’s subservience to the United States as an obstacle to progress towards socialism and at the same time proclaimed that in the event of a war between the Soviet Union and the United States, he would support the United States. How did he come to these conclusions?

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Divisions: College of Liberal Arts
Date Deposited: 11 Nov 2016 16:23
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