CSWR George Orwell Exhibit

Popular and Scholarly Interest


John Rodden. The Unexamined Orwell. USA. 2011. PR6029.R8 Z779 2011

John Rodden. Scenes from an Afterlife: The Legacy of George Orwell. USA. 2003. PR6029.R8 Z777 2003

Gordon Bowker. George Orwell. London. 2003. PR6029.R8 Z58928 2003


Popular and scholarly interest in George Orwell is as high as it has ever been. As a measure of such interest, sales of 1984 increased by 9,500 per cent in the months following the 2016 presidential election.  In the words of the Orwell Foundation, “George Orwell’s concerns are as relevant to the twenty-first century as they were to the circumstances in which his great novels were conceived.”


Jeffrey Meyers. Orwell: Wintry Conscience of a Generation. New York. 2000. PR6029.R8 Z6345 1989

Glass, 17th Wigan Pier Festival. 2004 Donated by Russ Davidson.

DJ Taylor. Orwell: The Life. New York. 2003. PR6029.R8 Z795 2003

Robert Mulvihill, ed. Reflections on America, 1984 : an Orwell symposium. USA. 1986. PR6029.R8 N664 1986



In one of his many quoted lines, Orwell wrote that Charles Dickens was “one of those writers who are well worth stealing.”  Norman Podhoretz apparently thought the same of Orwell, wrongly claiming him as an apostle of the political Right in a 1984 essay in Harper’s Magazine.

Harper’s. January 1983.
Magazine Littéraire. December 1983.
Time Magazine. November 28, 1983.