Members of Dayton Area Mensa, welcome. This is a collection of articles about George Orwell and The Road to Wigan Pier. There are a number of sites listed at the end that collect and sort links to biographies, bibliographies, and commentary on Orwell's other works. If you have found this page and you aren't a DAM member, welcome, too.
This year, 2003, marks the hundred-year anniversay of George Orwell's birth.
The Socialist Blair
In a nutshell, the situation leading to the publication of Christopher Hitchens's Why Orwell Matters, which is in part a defense of Orwell's behavior. The book by Hitchens has spawned a recent and somewhat surprising--to me, at least--battle between public intellectuals: Louis Menand and Leon Wieseltier duking it out in print over the meaning of Orwell's literary and political legacy. I find it extremely refreshing that people seem to care as much as they do.
Orwell's work available online
THE ROAD TO WIGAN PIER
Class in Orwell's The Road to Wigan Pier
Orwell's eccentric socialism
Revisiting Orwell's Wigan Pier
WHY ORWELL MATTERS
The 5-Minute Essay: Why Orwell Still Matters
INTERVIEW with Christopher Hitchens
The Power of Facing
REVIEWS of Why Orwell Matters
'Why Orwell Matters': The Independent of London
Biographer's take on political, social critic George Orwell
Orwell and Us: The battle over George Orwell's legacy.
Honest, Decent, Wrong: The Invention of George Orwell
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ANOTHER RESPONSE TO MENAND
Why Orwell Matters
MENAND VS. WIESELTIER
Orwell, right or wrong?
Truth and Consequences
BRIEF CRITICAL ESSAYS
Beating A Dead Elephant - Review of Orwell: Wintry Conscience of a Generation
Orwell's shadow: Big Brother, Room 101, 1984. George Orwell is everywhere. There is no escape
George Orwell: Voice of a Long Generation
George Orwell and The Last Man in Europe
George Orwell in the World of Science Fiction
ORWELL COMPILATION SITES
Literary Encyclopedia: Orwell, George. (1903 - 1950)
George Orwell Biography
Orwell Biographical Essay
Discussion of Orwell's early career. Beware of blinding background color.
The Chestnut Tree Cafe
Great site with information about Orwell as well as a collection of links to a variety of essays about his life and work.
Charles' George Orwell Site
Great site with links not found elsewhere in this list.
Site with background information and links to essays elsewhere.
George Orwell Resources
Background on Orwell, concentration on 1984
Remembering George Orwell
Bibligraphy of works by and about Orwell. Beware of blinding background color.
George Orwell Links