Category: Modern First Editions

CRITICAL ESSAYS. Charles Dickens; Boys' Weeklies; Wells, Hitler and the World State; The Art of Donald McGill; Rudyard Kipling; W. B. Yeats; Benefit of Clergy: Some Notes on Salvador Dalí; Arthur Koestler; Raffles and Miss Blandish; In Defence of P. G. Wodehouse Stock code: 11708


London: Secker and Warburg. 1946


First edition, first printing. Original red cloth with gilt titles to the upper board and spine. Lacking the dustwrapper. A beautiful fine, clean and tight copy, the cloth unfaded, the contents unmarked and without inscriptions or stamps. (3028 copies printed, 14 February 1946).




A fine example of the author's critically acclaimed collection of essays on literature and popular culture. Orwell himself, writing before he had completed Nineteen Eighty-Four, said that he thought Critical Essays one of his three most important books, along with Animal Farm and Homage to Catalonia. The collection includes such classics as "Raffles and Miss Blandish" on the crucial difference between American and English detective fiction and "Benefit of Clergy" in which Orwell indicts the sadism he finds in Salvador Dalí's art. [Rodden and Rossi: George Orwell; Bowker: Inside George Orwell; Taylor: Orwell, The Life; Powell: Infants Of The Spring.]