Introduction - the figure; Orwell and empire; Orwell and the Left; Orwell and the Right; Orwell and America; Orwell and "Englishness"; - the antinomies of St George; Orwell and the feminists - difficulties with girls; "the list"; generosity and anger - the novels; deconstructing and post-modernists - Orwell and transparency; in conclusion.
Christopher Hitchens lives in Washington, DC. His most recent books are The Missionary Position: Mother Theresa in Theory and Practice; his attack on the Clintons No One Left To Lie To: The Values of America's Worst Family and The Trial Of Henry Kissinger.
'Thomas Carlyle wrote of his Cromwell that he had had to drag him out from under a mound of dead dogs and offal before being able to set him up as a figure worthy of biography. This is not a biography, but I sometimes feel as if George Orwell requires extricating from under a pile of saccharine tablets and moist hankies...'