Category: What to Read?

  • Why I Write by George Orwell

    George Orwell / Essays Download PDFDownload ePubDownload mobi From a very early age, perhaps the age of five or six, I knew that when I grew up I should be a writer. Between the ages of about seventeen and twenty-four I tried to abandon this idea, but I did so with the consciousness that I…

  • What is Fascism? by George Orwell

    George Orwell / Essays Download PDFDownload ePubDownload mobi Of all the unanswered questions of our time, perhaps the most important is: ‘What is Fascism?’ One of the social survey organizations in America recently asked this question of a hundred different people, and got answers ranging from ‘pure democracy’ to ‘pure diabolism’. In this country if…

  • The Shoemaker and the Devil by Anton Chekhov

    Anton Chekhov / Short Stories Download PDFDownload ePubDownload mobi It was Christmas Eve. Marya had long been snoring on the stove; all the paraffin in the little lamp had burnt out, but Fyodor Nilov still sat at work. He would long ago have flung aside his work and gone out into the street, but a…

  • Literature and Totalitarianism by George Orwell

    George Orwell / Essays Download PDFDownload ePubDownload mobi I said at the beginning of my first talk that this is not a critical age. It is an age of partisanship and not of detachment, an age in which it is especially difficult to see literary merit in a book with whose conclusions you disagree. Politics…

  • I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud by William Wordsworth

    William Wordsworth / Famous Poems, Poems, Poems on Nature Download PDFDownload ePubDownload mobi I wandered lonely as a cloud That floats on high o’er vales and hills, When all at once I saw a crowd, A host, of golden daffodils; Beside the lake, beneath the trees, Fluttering and dancing in the breeze. Continuous as the…

  • George Orwell on Nationalism

    George Orwell / Essays Download PDFDownload ePubDownload mobi Somewhere or other Byron makes use of the French word longeur, and remarks in passing that though in England we happen not to have the word, we have the thing in considerable profusion. In the same way, there is a habit of mind which is now so…

  • Books vs Cigarettes by George Orwell

    George Orwell / Essays Download PDFDownload ePubDownload mobi A couple of years ago a friend of mine, a newspaper editor, was firewatching with some factory workers. They fell to talking about his newspaper, which most of them read and approved of, but when he asked them what they thought of the literary section, the answer…

  • A Nice Cup of Tea by George Orwell

    George Orwell / Essays Download PDFDownload ePubDownload mobi If you look up ‘tea’ in the first cookery book that comes to hand you will probably find that it is unmentioned; or at most you will find a few lines of sketchy instructions which give no ruling on several of the most important points. This is…

  • A Hanging by George Orwell

    George Orwell / Essays Download PDFDownload ePubDownload mobi It was in Burma, a sodden morning of the rains. A sickly light, like yellow tinfoil, was slanting over the high walls into the jail yard. We were waiting outside the condemned cells, a row of sheds fronted with double bars, like small animal cages. Each cell…

  • Amoretti: Sonnet 34 by Edmund Spenser

    Edmund Spenser  Like as a ship, that through the ocean wide, By conduct of some star, doth make her way, Whenas a storm hath dimmed her trusty guide, Out of her course doth wander far astray: So I, whose star, that wont with her bright ray Me to direct, with clouds is overcast, Do wander…

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