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The Road to Wigan Pier

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Title:The Road to Wigan Pier
Author:
Blair, Eric Arthur  Writing under the pseudonym: Orwell, George   
(10 of 10 for author by title)
Politics and the English Language and other essays
Published:   1937
Publisher:Penguin Books
Tags:biography, criticism, England, life, non-fiction, sociology, Guardian's 100 Best Nonfiction Books of All Time
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The first half of this work documents [Orwell's] sociological investigations of the bleak living conditions among the working class in Lancashire and Yorkshire in the industrial north of England before World War II. The second half is a long essay on [Orwell's] middle-class upbringing, and the development of his political conscience, questioning British attitudes towards socialism.--Wikipedia. [Suggest a different description.]

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Author Bio for Blair, Eric Arthur

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Eric Arthur Blair (25 June 1903 – 21 January 1950), who used the pen name George Orwell, was an English novelist, essayist, journalist and critic. His work is marked by lucid prose, awareness of social injustice, opposition to totalitarianism, and outspoken support of democratic socialism.

Orwell wrote literary criticism, poetry, fiction, and polemical journalism. He is perhaps best known for his dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949) and the allegorical novella Animal Farm (1945). His non-fiction works, including The Road to Wigan Pier (1937), documenting his experience of working class life in the north of England, and Homage to Catalonia (1938), an account of his experiences in the Spanish Civil War, are widely acclaimed, as are his essays on politics, literature, language, and culture. In 2008, The Times ranked him second on a list of "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945".

Orwell's work continues to influence popular and political culture, and the term Orwellian—descriptive of totalitarian or authoritarian social practices—has entered the language together with many of his neologisms, including, but not limited to, cold war, Big Brother, Thought Police, Room 101, memory hole, doublethink, and thoughtcrime.--Wikipedia.

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