Fleeing from Triumph

George Orwell
A Life in Letters
Edited by Peter Davison
Norton/Liveright Publishing, $35, 560 pp.

Probably the most astonishing feat of editing a notable literary figure from the last century is Peter Davison’s edition of George Orwell’s works. Completed in 1998, its twenty volumes run to nine thousand pages; eight volumes contain his novels, with the remainder made up of essays, reviews, and letters. From the roughly seventeen hundred letters Orwell wrote, Davison has now...

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About the Author

William H. Pritchard is the Henry Clay Folger Professor of English at Amherst College. He is the author of Shelf Life: Literary Essays and Reviews (University of Massachusetts Press) among others.