Not Hampstead But Hong Kong: George Orwell and the Booksellers

[Our anniversary articles have identified the stylistic similarities between George Orwell's Keep The Aspidistra Flying and his bleaker and better known Nineteen Eighty-Four. Professor Douglas Kerr of Hong Kong University points out more disturbing connections between the two in the real world now] When Gordon Comstock, in Orwell’s Keep the Aspidistra Flying, went to work…Read more Not Hampstead But Hong Kong: George Orwell and the Booksellers

Keep the Aspidistra Flying: Getting Closer to the Original Text

By Richard Young In 1945 George Orwell reviewed his career and wrote notes to his literary executor: two of his novels should never be republished. The first was A Clergyman's Daughter. The other was Keep the Aspidistra Flying ('Aspidistra') which he described as a ‘silly potboiler’ he should never have written. By 1945 Aspidistra had…Read more Keep the Aspidistra Flying: Getting Closer to the Original Text