1984 research guide

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UK first edition of George Orwell's 1984 with red dust jacket

British first edition of George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949)

Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949) by George Orwell. Complete Novel.

About Nineteen Eighty-Four. Includes: Background information on novel, plot summary, character details, etc.

What is Newspeak?

Quotes from Nineteen Eighty-Four.

Where Orwell completed 1984: Pictures of Barnhill on the isle of Jura (Scotland)

Images from George Orwell’s 1984 manuscript: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.

Fredric Warburg’s “Strictly Confidential” report on Nineteen Eighty-Four from 13 December 1948.

David Farrer’s pre-publication assessment of Nineteen Eighty-Four: “… if we can’t sell fifteen to twenty thousand copies of this book we ought to be shot.” (15 December 1948)

Publication of Nineteen Eighty-Four. Includes: Contemporary reviews of the novel and publishing data.

George Orwell’s statement on Nineteen Eighty-Four from mid-June 1949.

BBC’s 1954 TV adaptation of Nineteen Eighty-Four (video)

Letters by George Orwell with 1984 references in them:

To Gleb Struve (Professor of Slavic Languages in London) on 17 February 1944. This letter contains George Orwell’s first reference to Nineteen Eighty-Four.

To Leonard Moore (Orwell’s literary agent) on 22 October 1948. Orwell writes: “I have not definitely decided on the title. I am inclined to call it either Nineteen Eighty-Four or The Last Man in Europe …”

To Fredric Warburg (Orwell’s publisher) on 22 October 1948. Orwell writes: “I first thought of it in 1943. I think it is a good idea but the execution would have been better if I had not written it under the influence of TB.”

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