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‘George Orwell’ by Peter Davison

George Orwell is best known as the author of “Animal Farm’’ and “1984.’’ That is unfortunate, because he was more talented as a journalist and essayist than as a novelist. (Reading his less famous novels will support this contention). All aspiring writers should read Orwell’s nonfiction, which has been compiled in various forms here and in his native England.

Doing so will reveal his unequalled capacity for independent thought, clear prose, nuanced views, sound political judgment, and unfailing moral commitment.

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