ORWELL, George.

The English People.

London: Collins, 1947 Stock Code: 147227
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First edition, first impression, of Orwell's essay on the English people and their character, commissioned by Collins in 1943 to promote British values and to describe aspects of British life during the Second World War, although not published till after its conclusion. Though Orwell criticizes much about the English - their anachronistic class divisions, snobbishness, and insular outlook - he nonetheless holds that the English prove a model to war-torn Europe, with an essentially humane political culture and peaceful outlook. Orwell's socialist politics runs through, nonetheless: it is only through the empowerment of the common people that England can remain a great nation in the post-War world.

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Description

Octavo. Original green boards, spine and front cover lettered in white, vignette to front cover in white. With dust jacket.

Illustrations

With 8 colour plates, 17 and black and white illustrations in the text, by artists including Edward Ardizzone, L. S. Lowry, Walter Sickert and Henry Moore.

Condition

Light toning to endpapers as usual, slight cockling to rear endpaper, a near-fine copy in like jacket, very minor nibbling at extremities and spotting at foot of front panel, nonetheless bright and fresh.

Bibliography

Fenwick A11a.

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