To Orwell Today,

Dear Sir/Madam,

I am writing on behalf of Pearson Education India.

This is regarding a request for permission to include the article "Bookshop Memories" by George Orwell in our upcoming English Course book specially meant for school children.

I would be grateful if you could give us permission to reproduce the above mentioned as a part of our forthcoming publication.

I'm looking forward to hearing from you shortly.

Urvashi Dewan

Greetings Urvashi Dewan,

For copyright info on Orwell's works you can get in touch with his adopted son, Richard Blair, who is patron and founding member of THE ORWELL SOCIETY.

However, their website isn't presently connecting. It seems the domain name expired and hasn't been renewed. But hopefully it will be up and running again soon and you can get in touch.

No doubt Orwell would be very pleased to have BOOKSHOP MEMORIES included in your publication for students in India -- a place dear to his heart because he was born there.

All the best,
Jackie Jura


ORWELL'S BOOKLOVER'S CORNER (...After getting off the underground we strolled leisurely down the High Street of Hampstead which is a very trendy area full of unique shops and cafes and interesting-looking flats and houses. Zoe noticed in the A to Z that a nearby park had a statue of Karl Marx "if we wanted to go and see". I almost choked on my ice-cream cone and told her I'd much prefer going to see a statue of George Orwell - one of England's greatest writers - than of an author no one's read but everyone talks about, and who was the figurehead of a political system Orwell spent the last fifteen years of his life actively opposing. But to this date there are no statues of Orwell... Just this past winter I'd read Keep the Aspidistra Flying which Orwell wrote during his fourteen months in Hampstead. The book's main character, Gordon Comstock, is a struggling author working in a bookstore where "there were highbrow, middlebrow and lowbrow books, new and second-hand all jostling together, as befitted this intellectual and social borderland". The book is so obviously autobiographical that a person reading it experiences a feeling of being a confidant of Orwell's in whom he shares his innermost thoughts and feelings. So I was really looking forward to seeing if the bookstore in real life had any resemblance to how I'd pictured it while reading Aspidistra. Before we knew it we'd reached the bottom of the hill and were literally standing in front of our destination, "Booklovers' Corner"...)

BOOKSHOP MEMORIES, by George Orwell, On-Line Literature Network


Jackie Jura
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