1950 Shooting an Elephant and Other Essays
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First Edition, Publishers' Original Binding, With Dustwrapper
'Shooting an Elephant' was first published in the literary magazine New Writing in 1936, and describes a possibly autobiographical experience of the narrator called to shoot an elephant which is behaving aggressively, despite his inhibitions urging him not to. The tale is seen as a metaphor for colonialism. George Orwell was the pen name of Eric Arthur Blair (1903-1950), an English novelist, essayist and critic. His works were often social commentaries arguing against totalitarianism in support of democratic socialism. The adjective 'Orwellian' describes totalitarian and authoritarian social practices, and many of his neologisms, such as 'Big Brother' and 'Thought Police' are in common use in the English language. This is a first edition of this work as an anthology, published by Secker & Warburg in 1950.
In the publisher's original full cloth binding. Externally very smart, spine is a little faded and bumped to the tail. Dust wrapper is very well preserved, with slight chipping to the tail of the spine and minor wear. Internally firmly bound, pages are bright and clean.
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