Format Hardcover
Publication Date 05/25/23
ISBN 9781639364510
Trim Size / Pages 6 x 9 in / 608

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The New Life

D. J. Taylor

A fascinating exploration of George Orwell—and his body of work—by an award-winning Orwellian biographer and scholar, presenting the author anew to twenty-first-century readers.

We find ourselves in an era when the moment is ripe for a reevaluation of the life and the works of one of the twentieth century’s greatest authors. This is the first twenty-first-century biography on George Orwell, with special recognition to D. J. Taylor's stature as an award-winning biographer and Orwellian.

Using new sources that are now available for the first time, we are tantalizingly at the end of the lifespan of Orwell's last few contemporaries, whose final reflections are caught in this book. The way we look at a writer and his canon has changed even over the course of the last two decades; there is a post-millennial prism through which we must now look for such a biography to be fresh and relevant. This is what Orwell: The New Life achieves.

D. J. Taylor is a novelist, critic ,and biographer whose Orwell won the Whitbread Prize for Biography. His most recent books are Kept; Bright Young People: The Rise and Fall of a Generation; Ask Alice; and Derby Day, which was nominated for the Booker Prize and was selected as a Washington Post Best Book of the Year.

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Endorsements & Reviews

“Novelist and book critic Taylor delivers a sterling account of the life and works of George Orwell. Taylor’s meticulous research illuminates how Orwell’s political commitments informed his fiction. This stands out in the crowded field of Orwell biographies.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Praise for The Lost Girls:
“Highly entertaining account of the volatile lives of four young women.” The Wall Street Journal
“Because of D. J. Taylor’s vivid and affecting group biography, the 'lost girls' will never be lost again." The Washington Post
“A lively, perceptive, and gossip-strewn inquiry into an overlooked aspect of an influential corner of literary life. Lost Girls features war, snobbery, high culture (and low), exotic locations, and a fast and often bizarre dramatis personae that, when its members stray, tend to do so in the most intriguing ways.” The New Criterion
“Taylor gives his subjects dimension, sympathy, and credit for their contributions to letters. This book opens a window onto a fascinating literary and social period and will inspire readers to explore it further in both history and fiction.” Booklist
“For readers of twentieth-century British literary history or the lives of the British during World War II.” Library Journal
“A captivating, gossipy social history.” Kirkus Reviews
"A triumphant success." Financial Times