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A Voice Still HeardSelected Essays of Irving Howe$
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Irving Howe and Nina Howe

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780300203660

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300203660.001.0001

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George Orwell: “As the Bones Know” {1968}

George Orwell: “As the Bones Know” {1968}

(p.73) George Orwell: “As the Bones Know” {1968}
A Voice Still Heard

Irving Howe

Yale University Press

This chapter presents Irving Howe's 1968 essay “As the Bones Know,” which provides an historical and political critique of George Orwell's work. Howe begins by describing Orwell as someone who wrote with his bones before discussing some of his essays, including “The Spike,” “Hop Picking,” “Shooting an Elephant,” “How the Poor Die,” and “Why I Write.” He then comments on Orwell's political development, including his criticism of Popular Frontism and his anti-Stalinist leftism. Howe also examines the high plateau of Orwell's career as essayist that began around 1940 and the subjects he had taken, such as English life and its relation to socialism, popular culture, and the poor.

Keywords:   essays, Irving Howe, George Orwell, Popular Frontism, leftism, socialism, popular culture, poor

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