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Aug 18th, 2009 at 15:32 GMT
Though I only knew two (like everyone else), I would've guessed that he had written more than 9 books
Aug 18th, 2009 at 15:41 GMT
I got 1984, and Animal Farm, considered sitting there waiting for time to run out hoping I'd come up with another, then gave up. I realize now I never would have gottne any of the other titles, ever, so I'm glad I didn't sit there for three minutes
Aug 18th, 2009 at 15:47 GMT
Dammit, I've read four of them but could only name one!
Aug 18th, 2009 at 16:00 GMT
Has there ever been a bigger gap between consecutive answers than between two and three on this one? Seeing as I only got the two big ones, I guess I have no room to complain.
Aug 18th, 2009 at 16:12 GMT
Back in high school, I had a friend who raved about Orwell and read everything he had read. Glad to see that his reading and my having to listen to him go on about it, would come in handy.
Aug 18th, 2009 at 16:30 GMT
So while they're not books, he does have some well-known essays that could make interesting bonuses. "Why I Write" was required reading for me in college, and "The Lion and the Unicorn" is one of his most famous political essays.
Aug 18th, 2009 at 16:32 GMT
I once read a rather steamy fanfiction entitled "1985: The Red Sash of Cleavage". Unfortunately I was nowhere near a memory hole at the time. Oh, what I wouldn't give to forget it...
Aug 18th, 2009 at 16:40 GMT
@smee he may have only written 9 books but he was a prolific and perceptive writer on political and social matters see http://orwell.ru/library/index_en
Aug 18th, 2009 at 17:27 GMT
I got three. Well, that's above the norm anyway. Aside from the 2 everyone knows, got Down and Out in Paris/London.
Aug 18th, 2009 at 17:57 GMT
Finally, one of the quizzes I suggested got posted. No credit given, though. Anyhow, I strongly recommend all of the books to anyone (although, of course, he never wrote anything happy and uplifting). Down and Out in Paris and London is one of my all-time favorites. Burmese Days and The Road to Wigan Pier have some great description. Likewise with A Clergyman's Daughter, although I've never found the storyline too thrilling. Keep the Aspidistra Flying and Coming Up for Air do a great job of capturing human desperation. I've never actually read Homage to Catalonia, though, because I'm not ready to realize that I'll never again read one of his books for the first time.
Aug 18th, 2009 at 17:59 GMT
Oi H, I suggested it!! Wanna step outside?? :)
Aug 18th, 2009 at 18:11 GMT
Thank you H and Banutzu. A very good quiz for one of the greatest of authors. Animal Farm and 1984 are good, but I recomend to everyone that most of the rest are just as captivatingly bleak and brilliant.
Aug 18th, 2009 at 18:13 GMT
"Britain was such a better place in the good old days" The words of uneducated fools that have certainly never read "The Road to Wigan Pier" or "Down and out in Paris and London"!
Aug 18th, 2009 at 18:51 GMT
Indiekid you can add 'The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists' by Robert Tressell and Jack London's 'The People of the Abyss' to your list. The bleary eyed nostalgia for the past in Britain is due to the extremely selective teaching of history in our schools IMHO.
Aug 18th, 2009 at 19:08 GMT
American kids have been reading Animal Farm and 1984 in junior high and high school for decades. Considering how good those books are, I wonder why his earlier works are not more widely read (in the States)?
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Aug 18th, 2009 at 19:14 GMT
It's "1984" not "Nineteen Eighty-Four." Look at the book cover.
Aug 18th, 2009 at 20:15 GMT
Anyone else notice that his first 7 books came out in 7 consecutive years (relatively unknown books) and then he took a lot of time off before publishing his two most famous novels? Just an interesting note
Aug 18th, 2009 at 21:14 GMT
Inside the whale is an extra one
Aug 18th, 2009 at 21:35 GMT
@MovieDynamic: Umm, it looks like it was both. See the British First Edition cover: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/c/c3/1984first.jpg
Aug 18th, 2009 at 21:38 GMT
okay I'm glad I'm not the only one who got stumped after entering "Animal Farm" and "Nineteen Eighty-Four"...
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Aug 18th, 2009 at 22:57 GMT
dude...seriously, i think this might be the worst quiz on sporcle.
Aug 19th, 2009 at 03:33 GMT
lovin the negativity alex. whooo! i just got a rush! keep it coming!
Aug 20th, 2009 at 03:06 GMT
If I recall, in my copy of 1984, Orwell died in the early 50s, am I right? If my memory is correct, then this may explain his relatively low output as a previous person addressed.
Aug 20th, 2009 at 12:29 GMT
I got homage to catalonia, down and out in paris and london, road to wigan pier, 1984 and animal farm. Yay XD
Aug 24th, 2009 at 15:07 GMT
I kept on typing 1948........ You are allowed to call me stupid
Aug 28th, 2009 at 07:02 GMT
Orwell died at the age of 47. Born in 1903; died of a tubercular condition in very early 1950. He tended to blame the amount of occasional journalism and reviews he had to churn out to pay the bills for not having the time or concentration to write more novels. His advice to young writers was to support themselves with non-literary jobs, because P.R., government propaganda and advertising suck the creativity and sensitivity needed to write good literature. The number of his books may be small, but the essays which are his most-noted accomplishment after 1984 and Animal Farm are voluminous (11 volumes of the 20 in the recent Standard Edition.) Despite his output, he once wrote in a letter or diary that there was not a single day in his life that he didn't think he was slacking or shirking (partly a hangover from the guilt of his prep school and Etonian days.) But politics was also rather pressing for most of his active literary life, from the onset of the Slump shortly after he got out of the Imperial Burmese Police to the early years of the Cold War. He was working on an uncompleted novel when he died.
Nov 1st, 2009 at 15:49 GMT
@ianbob: Good luck getting through a high school Spanish history class or any college course on the interwar years without reading "Homage." (Which, coincidentally, has literature's absolute greatest description of someone getting shot.) Can't believe I forgot "Wigan Pier," though!
Dec 19th, 2009 at 12:41 GMT
movie dynamic im pretty sure my copy sat nineteen eighty-four.
Jan 18th, 2010 at 01:40 GMT
Haha, I searched to see if there was such a quiz precisely because he is one of very few authors whose entire oeuvre I've read. But as shakescene said: his essays and journalism comprise the largest part of his output (and arguably the best part - Orwell himself thought several of the above were quite poor. I'd almost agree with him re: "A Clergyman's Daughter". Not surprised it was the least remembered here. :P).
Jan 29th, 2010 at 18:43 GMT
(SPOILER) Interesting--Though I missed "aspidistra" and "clergyman's", typing in "Inside the Whale" and "Such, Such Were the Joys" produced "bonus" books (I "such, such" was published posthumously and most likely the other as well)--anybody else discover any "extras"?
Jun 17th, 2010 at 06:55 GMT
"The Lion and the Unicorn" is another bonus answer.
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Jun 26th, 2010 at 04:54 GMT
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