Orwell in Tribune: 'As I Please' and Other Writings 1943-7.
Orwell in Tribune: 'As I Please' and Other Writings
1943-7. Paul Anderson, editor. Politico's. [pounds sterling]19.99.
ix + 401 pages. ISBN 1-84275-155-8. This is the first collection of
Orwell's pieces for Tribune written during some of his most
productive years, years which saw Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four.
The pieces appeared in his 'As I Please' column but also as
occasional contributions, essays and reviews. The range of topics
covered is enormous: books, revenge, sport, Old George's Almanac,
freedom and happiness, radio programmes, murder, the colonial empire,
the Vicar of Bray (in legend, not the current incumbent),
'Confessions of a Book Reviewer'--are but some of the essays
included here. While they vary in quality on the whole they still
sparkle and challenge as they did sixty years ago and their publication
in one volume, suitably edited and noted, is to be welcomed by all those
who value the genius that was Orwell. (R.G.C.)