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Orwell’s Anglomania

George Orwell was a romantic. His politics represents the clang of his aspirations against the cold steel of reality

By Robin McGhee  

Orwell, a literary and political figure.

Once a novelist has achieved a certain level of fame, they will be expected to comment on both art and politics. Chances are, they will know next to nothing about the latter. Can any intellectual genuinely understand both politics and art simultaneously? George Orwell looked at this question, cleared his throat, and showed us how it’s done.

Orwell’s biographers offer two ways of reading him: as a man of letters or as a man of politics. In DJ Taylor’s 2003 biography Orwell: The Life, we get the literary Orwell. Taylor…

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