Eileen: The Making of Orwell

Eileen: The Making of Orwell

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Eileen: The Making of Orwell is the first on this extraordinary woman who has been until now unjustly overlooked. It examines the Blairs' nine year marriage, from a tiny village where they grew vegetables and tended their own goats and chickens, through the dangers of the Spanish Civil War, nursing George in Morocco after a severe bout of tubercular bleeding, narrowly escaping the destruction of their London apartment in World War II, and even adopting a baby boy when it became apparent that they were unable to have their own child. And their partnership produced some of the greatest works in English literature. "Now," George told a friend the night he met Eileen O'Shaughnessy, "that's the kind of girl I would like to marry." The year before, Eileen had published a futuristic poem called End of the Century, 1984. Later, George would name his greatest work, 1984, in homage to the memory of Eileen.

Author: Sylvia Topp
Publisher: Unbound
Published: 05/05/2020
Pages: 560
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.80lbs
Size: 9.30h x 6.30w x 1.80d
ISBN: 9781783527083

About the Author

Sylvia Topp has worked in publishing since college, starting as a copy editor on medical journals, then moving to freelance editing at major literary publishing houses. She was the long-time wife and partner of Tuli Kupferberg, a Beat poet who later was a co-founder, in 1964, of the Fugs, a legendary rock and roll band. Together Sylvia and Tuli wrote, edited, and designed over thirty books and magazines, including As They Were, 1001 Ways to Live Without Working, and Yeah! magazine. Sylvia joined the staff at The Soho Weekly Newsand later The Village Voice, before finishing her publishing career at Vanity Fair. Eileen is her first book. She lives in Kingston, Ontario.