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An examination of Orwell’s life and body of work, by a fellow author who knew him personally. Christopher Hollis knew Eric Blair—who would eventually become known to the world as George Orwell—during his schooldays at Eton, afterward in Burma, and at the end of his life. Here, Hollis examines Orwell’s books in order and traces through them the development of this unmatched literary giant’s thought process—with additional illumination based on his personal reminiscences of the legendary author. From the experiences described in Down and Out in Paris and London to the points in his life that began driving him toward socialism, A Study of George Orwell is a comprehensive overview of Orwell’s work as it related to his personal life. Hollis guides the reader all the way through Orwell’s oeuvre, including his two most famous books—Animal Farm and 1984—which are, arguably, the greatest literary protests of political power and tyranny ever penned. Portraying Orwell as a fearless champion of the common man and a follower in the footsteps of Jonathan Swift, Hollis offers a compelling review and analysis of Orwell’s work as well as a perspective not found by the average biographer.