Reading Essays: An Invitation

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“A Free Intelligence”
George Orwell, the Essay, and
“Reflections on Gandhi”

But mostly his [Orwell’s] essays are full of the apprehension that the
essay world is vanishing, that the world of doctrine has almost
reconquered it…. For him, the essayistic attitude, the offering of
independent views based on individual thought and experience, came
to have an immense political significance.

―Graham Good, The Observing Self: Rediscovering the Essay

GEORGE ORWELL IS SUDDENLY “IN,” owing only partially to the pundit and author Christopher Hitchens’s interest in and recent book on him. Perhaps the rabid sectarianism and party spirit now dominating the American political scene, at least, accounts for this rediscovery. Certainly it is for his politics, rather than his significant contributions to the essay form, that Orwell is now receiving widespread attention. The danger remains of appropriation, as in the past, by exponents of the Left and the Right alike—despite Orwell’s declared and demonstrated embrace of what he once attributed to Charles Dickens: a “free intelligence,” with its echoes of Matthew Arnold and, more important, Edmund Burke. (That succinct phrase, by the way, Orwell also uses in his wildly mistaken essay on Gulliver’s Travels, denying Swift the capacity he lauded in Dickens.)

George Orwell, born Eric Blair, was an avowed Socialist, and yet he was also what Alexander Pope celebrated—and claimed he himself was—

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