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Shooting an Elephant and other essays by George Orwell

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New York : Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1950. First American Edition. Hardcover. 200 pages ; 21 cm. $2.75 dust jacket. Very good copy; no underlines or markings within the pages. Satisfaction guaranteed!

Shooting an Elephant

The untimely death of George Orwell early in 1950 removed from the literary scene a writer at the peak of his powers. With the publication last fall of his novel, Nineteen Eighty-Four, he had reached his widest audience with his greatest theme. At the time of his death Mr. Orwell was working on a collection of writings, the finished portion of which is presented in this posthumous volume.

In addition to the title sketch, which English critics agree is one of the best short pieces he has written, there are: "Lear, Tolstoy and the Fool," "Politics vs. Literature" (the subject of which is Gulliver's Travels), "Reflections on Gandhi," "Politics and the English Language," and two eye-witness accounts, "A Hanging" and "How the Poor Die."