Friday, August 08, 2008

The Orwell Diaries

Britain’s pre-eminent prize for political writing, The Orwell Prize, is celebrating the 70th anniversary of The Orwell Diaries. From 9 August 2008, they will be publishing George Orwell’s domestic and political diaries in real-time, as a blog.

Here is what The Orwell Prize website has to say about this exciting project:

“Each diary entry will be published on this blog exactly seventy years after it was written, allowing you to follow Orwell’s recuperation in Morocco, his return to the UK, and his opinions on the descent of Europe into war in real time. The diaries end in 1942, three years into the conflict.

“What impression of Orwell will emerge? From his domestic diaries (which start on 9th August), it may be a largely unknown Orwell, whose great curiosity is focused on plants, animals, woodwork, and – above all – how many eggs his chickens have laid. From his political diaries (from 7th September), it may be the Orwell whose political observations and critical thinking have enthralled and inspired generations since his death in 1950. Whether writing about the Spanish Civil War or sloe gin, geraniums or Germany, Orwell’s perceptive eye and rebellion against the ‘gramophone mind’ he so despised are obvious.”

Follow The Orwell Diaries on The Orwell Diaries blog.

While you’re enjoying Orwell’s Diaries, perhaps you’d like to check out some of Orwell’s other published works:

Check the Library Catalogue for more Orwell titles.

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