Orwell's autobiography: The road to Wigan Pier: outsider looking in

Jericho, Greg (2000) Orwell's autobiography: The road to Wigan Pier: outsider looking in. LiNQ, 27 (2). pp. 38-45.

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[Extract]In 1936 the Left Book Club commissioned George OrweIl to "write on the depressed areas of North England" (The Road to Wigan Pier xiii). In the hands of a different author, such a task would have provided an opportunity to earn some money and perhaps display to readers the appalling conditions in the north. Orwell however, used the work to examine not only these conditions, but also his own identity. Orwell wrote three non-fictional narratives; Down and Out in Paris and London, The Road to Wigan Pier and Homage to Catalonia, each of which are outstanding works of reportage and remain valuable records of lower-class society during the 1930s. OrweIl's habit of attempting to live the life of his subjects however, means these works are also acts of autobiography that allow the reader great insight into his personality. The Road to Wigan Pier is also unique among the three for the explicit autobiographical detail Orwell includes.

Item ID: 26260
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 0817-458X
Keywords: autobiography; class society; Orwell; literary history
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