George Orwell's Flawed Genius
Evans, Lloyd, The Evening Standard (London, England)
Byline: LLOYD EVANS
A superb new biography exposes an icon's deep inadequacies GEORGE ORWELL by Gordon Bowker (Little, Brown, pound sterling20) LLOYD EVANS
ORWELL is rare among great writers in that it's never been chic to dismiss him. "Oh, I haven't got round to Orwell yet," is an unimaginable boast, although you might hear the same said of Dickens or Jane Austen or even Tolstoy.
Orwell's reputation is so secure and his imagined world so deeply embedded in ours that it seems fruitless to examine his creative personality further.
Surely we know everything about him already. Gordon Bowker's invaluable new biography sweeps that thesis aside.…
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Publication information: Article title: George Orwell's Flawed Genius. Contributors: Evans, Lloyd - Author. Newspaper title: The Evening Standard (London, England). Publication date: May 6, 2003. Page number: 46. © Not available. COPYRIGHT 2003 Gale Group.
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