Essays

Welcome to the world of George Orwell Essays!

George Orwell was an essayist with aim to impel readers’ minds. He’s definitely one of the most honored essay writers of 20th century!
What all his essays are about? If I had only one word, I would say “justice”. He fought against social, political and even literary injustice using a typewriter and fingers as the most powerful weapons along with a strong logic as a shield.

Below you will find everything starting from his childhood memories from school to his thoughts on writing; from his views on Spanish War to analysis of British imperialism.

1931
The Spike
A Hanging
Hop-Picking

1936
Shooting an Elephant
Bookshop Memories

1937
Down the Mine
North and South
Spilling the Spanish Beans

1939
Marrakech

1940
New Words
Charles Dickens
Boys’ Weeklies
Inside the Whale
Charles Reade
My Country Right or Left

1941
The Lion and the Unicorn: Socialism and the English Genius
Wells, Hitler and the World State
The Art of Donald McGill

1942
Rudyard Kipling
Looking Back on the Spanish War

1943
W. B. Yeats
Mark Twain — The Licensed Jester

1944
Benefit of Clergy: Some Notes on Salvador Dali
Raffles and Miss Blandish

1945
In Defence of P. G. Wodehouse
Antisemitism in Britain
Poetry and the Microphone
The Freedom of the Press
Notes on Nationalism
You and the Atom Bomb
What is Science?
Good Bad Books
Revenge is Sour
Freedom of the Park
The Sporting Spirit

1946
Pleasure Spots
A Nice Cup of Tea
The Prevention of Literature
Books v. Cigarettes
The Moon Under Water
Decline of the English Murder
In Front of Your Nose
Politics and the English Language
Some Thoughts on the Common Toad
A Good Word for the Vicar of Bray
James Burnham and the Managerial Revolution
Confessions of a Book Reviewer
Why I Write
Politics vs. Literature: An Examination of Gulliver’s Travels
Arthur Koestler
How the Poor Die
Riding Down from Bangor

1947
Lear, Tolstoy and the Fool

1948
George Gissing
Writers and Leviathan
Such, Such Were the Joys

1949
Reflections on Gandhi