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Nineteen Eighty-Four: A 1984 Novel [Advance Review Copy]

by Orwell, George

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New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company , 1949. Rare "Advance Review Copy" or proof. Stated First American Edition at copyright page. Original gray wraps, cover titles and design mirroring first American edition in design, light shelf wear, discoloration. Pages very good, clean; no writing. Bind good w/some cant. An Appendix of Newspeak at back. Several advance critical acclaim blurbs to back cover from Bertrand Russell, V. S. Pritchett, and Alfred Kazin. Rare near very good, advance issue of one of the most significant literary efforts of the twentieth century. Eric Arthur Blair (25 June 1903 - 21 January 1950) pseudonymously George Orwell, composed this narrative message in 1948 and juxtaposed the numbers to 1984 as its time and place. The novel was first published in 1949 and he would pass the following January of 1950 at the age of 46. 1984 is the year in which it happened! The world is divided into three great powers, Oceania, Eurasia, and Eastasia, each perpetually at war. Britain is part of Oceania and is known as Airstrip 1. Throughout Oceania, The Party rules through four ministries, whose power is absolute. The Ministry of Peace deals with war, the Ministry of Love, seat of the dreaded Thought Police, handles 'law and order,' the Ministry of Plenty deals in scarcities, and the Ministry of Truth doles out the propaganda. 'New-speak' is the 'modern' perversion of language ordained by the Party. It has installed such remarkable words as double-think (duplicitousness), thought-crime, and sex-crime or 'love' in standard English. In every room, a tele-screen is installed, which can never be switched off, and where 'authorities' spy on every action, word, gesture, and thought. On every hoarding a huge face is displayed - the face of Big Brother! Set within this nightmare is the drama of Winston Smith, possibly the last man alive to rebel against the Party's rule and doctrine, clinging to the belief in the individual and in those precious human feelings and values. With flawless craftsmanship, ingenuity and narrative power Mr. Orwell lays out a terrifying potential future. The love of Winston for the amorous and independent Julia, and the fate that befalls them, stirs the reader's emotions as the cautionary tale paces to a tremendous climax. When Mr. Orwell's 'Animal Farm' was published three years prior, critics hailed him as a new Jonathan Swift. The satirical passages in '1984' justify the critics' verdict. But, presented here is much more than satire. 314 pages. Insured post.. First Edition. Soft Cover. Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" Tall. Book.

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Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984) by George Orwell has become the definitive dystopian novel of the twentieth century. Originally published on June 8, 1949 by Secker and Warburg in the United Kingdom, the book follows the main character, Winston Smith, through his disillusionment with totalitarianism and a doomed struggle of resistance. George Orwell is a pen-name, Orwell's real name was Eric Blair. -

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Title
Nineteen Eighty-Four: A 1984 Novel [Advance Review Copy]
Author
Orwell, George
Format/binding
Paperback
Book condition
Used - Very Good
Edition
First Edition
Binding
Paperback
Publisher
Harcourt, Brace and Company
Place of Publication
New York
Date Published
1949
Size
8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" Tall

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