COMPLETE ORWELL COMPLETE WORKS
To Orwell Today,
Hi there, how are you doing? Would you please help me with a doubt?
I want to buy the complete works of George Orwell, all the novels, poems, nonfiction etc. Can you tell me which are the best English or American editions? What do you think about the Random House complete works series; they're good?
Tomáz F. Sant'Ana
If you want the most complete collection of EVERYTHING Orwell wrote then that Random House edition would be the choice to make:
THE COMPLETE WORKS OF GEORGE ORWELL (a massive feat of literary scholarship, a 20-volume, 8,500-page collection which offers in one edition not only the authoritative texts of George Orwell's nine books, but also all the essays, poems, dramatisations, letters, journalism, broadcasts, reviews, diaries and notebooks uncovered by editor Peter Davison during 17 years of exhaustive research....).
I, personally, don't own the COMPLETE works of George Orwell, although I own much of it, but it is scattered throughout many different editions.
I have soft-cover copies (mostly second hand) of his six fictional novels (although they're all transparently Orwell in disguise as in Flory, Dorothy, Gordon, George, Major and Winston).
That would be: BURMESE DAYS, A CLERGYMAN'S DAUGHTER, KEEP THE ASPIDISTRA FLYING, COMING UP FOR AIR, ANIMAL FARM and NINETEEN EIGHTY-FOUR.
I also own a big, thick, hard-cover, one-volume, edition of those six fictional novels, scanned above.
I own soft-cover copies of his three non-fiction novels, ie DOWN AND OUT IN PARIS AND LONDON, THE ROAD TO WIGAN PIER and HOMAGE TO CATALONIA.
I'd like to have a uniform set of all nine of his novels but so far haven't found one. See WHY NO ORWELL BOOK SET?
I own the uniform, hard-cover, 4-volume set of THE COLLECTED ESSAYS, JOURNALISM AND LETTERS OF GEORGE ORWELL (the novels are not included):
The books are comprised of: AN AGE LIKE THIS, MY COUNTRY RIGHT OR LEFT, AS I PLEASE and IN FRONT OF YOUR NOSE.
Not all of Orwell's journalism, essays or letters are included in those four volumes, but I have other books that fill in some of those gaps.
I have a book containing the 21 book reviews he wrote for the New Statesman magazine, entitled UNWELCOME GEURRILLA:
I have a book of the broadcasts, dramas, interviews, letters etc from his two-years working as a radio producer for the BBC, entitled GEORGE ORWELL: THE LOST WRITINGS:
I have a book of the 100 articles and reviews he wrote for the Observer newspaper (now the Guardian) owned by his friend David Astor entitled ORWELL: THE OBSERVER YEARS:
Recently the articles and reviews he wrote for the Tribune newspaper (including all 59 of his AS I PLEASE columns) were published in the book ORWELL IN TRIBUNE (which I don't yet own but will be buying eventually).
I hope this helps you decide which route you'll go in collecting Orwell's works, ie the complete set collected by Random or the separate sets and books collected in various editions (although none altogether contain as much as in the Random collection).
All the best,
ORWELL'S OTHER BOOKS
WHY ORWELL WROTE & 1.Winston's Diary
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