Essays from a master of the genre

All Art Is Propaganda: Critical EssaysAll Art Is Propaganda: Critical Essays by George Orwell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

One of the great themes of this collection of 1940s essays is that writers must really fight to think through what they write about, rather than simply produce propaganda for their political “side.” It will not surprise those who have read Animal Farm and 1984 that Orwell saw totalitarian politics as a great threat to honest writing. It was really a joy to see him think through the various topics in this collection and link them to broader trends in literature and politics. My favorites were “Inside the Whale,” “Wells, Hitler and the World State,” “Can Socialists Be Happy?” and “Politics and the English Language.”

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