A new and definitive edition of Nineteen Eighty-Four
, introduced and annotated by Orwell's prize-winning biographer. With additional content from Orwell himself.
Set in an imagined future, Nineteen Eighty-Four
is among the seminal texts of the 20th century, achieving the incredible feat of resonating with readers as much today as it did seventy years ago. Orwell's nightmarish vision of the surveillance state echoes our own modern-day concerns: privacy, bureaucracy, the rise of the surveillance state. Nineteen Eighty-Four
is that rare piece of literature that has become more haunting over time as our own society imperceptibly begins to resemble Airstrip One.
AUTHOR: D. J. Taylor is a writer and critic. His collection of short stories, After Bathing at Baxter's was published in 1997 and he is the author of six novels: Great Eastern Land (1986); Real Life (1992); English Settlement (1996); Trespass (1998), a satire of 1970s England; The Comedy Man (2001), the story of one half of a comedy duo; and Kept: A Victorian Mystery (2006). Several of his books are set in his home city of Norwich. His books of non-fiction include Afer the War: The Novel and England Since 1945 (1993); A Vain Conceit: British fiction in the 1980s (1989), a critical look at the quality of fiction-writing in Britain; and most recently, Bright Young People: The Rise and Fall of a Generation 1918-1940. He is also well-known for his biographies: Thackeray (1999); and Orwell: The Life, published in 2003 to coincide with the centenary of Orwell's birth. This book won the 2003 Whitbread Biography Award.