The Midwest Quarterly

Articles from Vol. 56, No. 1, Autumn

"A Hanging" Circa 80
Blair in Burma MORE THAN eight decades ago, Eric Blair--a little-known, aspiring London author--published a powerful piece of short prose entitled "A Hanging." Soon he would become better-known under the pen name "George Orwell," which he used for the...
Homage to My Intellectual Big Brother
Rooming with George THIS ESSAY REPRESENTS a salute of thanks to George Orwell, my "big brother"--I deliberately lower-case the allusion--for his invaluable contribution to my life. My title also nods to Orwell's classic memoir of his months fighting...
How Orwell Became "A Famous Author"
The Dynamics of Reputation-Building GEORGE ORWELL WAS AN OUTSIDER within the London Left intelligentsia of the 1930s and 1940s, "not one of us" said a leftist acquaintance in wartime London (quoted in Kazin, 14). Yet Orwell also had numerous friendly...
Introduction, or Orwell into the Twenty-First Century
ALTHOUGH HE HAS BEEN DEAD for more than six decades, George Orwell (1903-1950) continues to generate keen interest and intense debate both within the literary academy and the public at large. It could even be argued that he is the best-known literary...
The Intellectual as Critic and Conscience
Speaking Truth to Power IN JANUARY 2010 leading European intellectuals commemorated the deaths of two great men of letters of the twentieth century: the Englishman George Orwell and the pied noir French Algerian Albert Camus. That month marked the sixtieth...
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