Paper $24.00 ISBN: 9780745399287 Published March 2018 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
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Hope Lies in the Proles

George Orwell and the Left

John Newsinger

Hope Lies in the Proles

John Newsinger

Distributed for Pluto Press

240 pages | 5 1/4 x 8 1/2 | © 2018
Paper $24.00 ISBN: 9780745399287 Published March 2018 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $99.00 ISBN: 9780745399294 Published March 2018 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Few figures on the left are as widely heralded as George Orwell. Yet his actual politics are poorly understood. Hope Lies in the Proles corrects that, offering a sympathetic yet critical account of Orwell’s often muddied political thinking and its continued relevance today. John Newsinger takes up various aspects of Orwell’s personal politics, exploring his attempts to change working-class consciousness, considering it alternately romantic, realistic, and patronizing—and at times all three at once. He examines Orwell’s antifascism, and how it fits in with his criticism of the Soviet Union; looks into his relationship with the Labour Party and feminism; and delves into Orwell’s shifting views on the United States. The result is the clearest understanding we’ve ever had of Orwell’s politics and their legacy.
Contents
List of Abbreviations
 
Introduction: Discovering Orwell
1. ‘Until They Become Conscious They Will Never Rebel’: Orwell and the Working Class
2. ‘Why I Join the ILP’: Orwell and the Left in the Thirties
3. ‘Giants are Vermin’: Orwell, Fascism and the Holocaust
4. ‘A Long Series of Thermidors’: Orwell, Pacifism and the Myth of the People’s War
5. ‘It is Astonishing How Little Change Has Happened’: Orwell, the Labour Party and the Attlee Government
6. ‘Ceaseless Espionage’: Orwell and the Secret States
7. ‘2+2=5’: Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four, and the New Left
Conclusion: ‘Capitalism has manifestly no future’- Orwell Today
Notes
Index
 
Review Quotes
Philip Bounds, author of Orwell and Marxism: The Political and Cultural Thinking of George Orwell
“This book confirms John Newsinger’s status as one of our leading Orwell scholars. Clear, wide-ranging and bracingly polemical, it casts new light on the way that Orwell's response to the events of his time was shaped by his idiosyncratic brand of radical socialism. It’s a worthy successor to Newsinger’s pathbreaking book on Orwell's Politics.”
 
Richard Lance Keeble, Chair of the Orwell Society
“George Orwell—voracious reader, novelist, broadcaster, Republican fighter in the Spanish civil war, essayist, columnist, film and book reviewer, poet, war correspondent and dedicated father—died in 1950 yet remains one of the most influential thinkers in the world today. Here, John Newsinger, in his insightful, lucid, engaging and original examination of the evolution of Orwell’s politics, shows precisely why.” 
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