The English People

ORWELL, George. The English People.

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ORWELL, George. The English People. London, Collins, 1947.

8vo. Original green paper covered boards, with illustrated dust jacket; pp.48;`a little chipping to edges of dw, otherwise very good.
First Edition. Originally commissioned in 1943, The English People was requested by W.J. Turner for the series Britain in Pictures. With twenty five illustrations, eight of which are full colour plates, including work by artists such as Edward Ardizzone and L.S Lowry. Written during World War two, it presents Orwell's opinion on what it means to be English. His feelings are by no means unambiguous: "the salient characteristics of the English [are] artistic insensibility, gentleness, respect for legality, suspicion of foreigners, sentimentality about animals, hypocrisy, exaggerated class distinctions, and an obsession with sport".