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On Nineteen Eighty-Four
Author: Prof. Abbott Gleason

ISBN: 9780691113616
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 328
Published: 17 May 2005
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2 x 2.0
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George Orwell's "Nineteen Eighty-Four" is among the most widely read books in the world. For more than 50 years, it has been regarded as a morality tale for the possible future of modern society, a future involving nothing less than extinction of humanity itself. Does "Nineteen Eighty-Four" remain relevant in our new century? The editors of this book assembled a distinguished group of philosophers, literary specialists, political commentators, historians, and lawyers and asked them to take a wide-ranging and uninhibited look at that question. The editors deliberately avoided Orwell scholars in an effort to call forth a fresh and diverse range of responses to the major work of one of the most durable literary figures among twentieth-century English writers.

As "Nineteen Eighty-Four" protagonist Winston Smith has admirers on the right, in the center, and on the left, the contributors similarly represent a wide range of political, literary, and moral viewpoints. The Cold War that has so often been linked to Orwell's novel ended with more of a whimper than a bang, but most of the issues of concern to him remain alive in som...

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