There are books of the same chemical composition as dynamite. The only difference is that a piece of dynamite explodes once, whereas a book explodes a thousand times. ― Yevgeny Zamyatin
When people mention Orwell, they usually refer to either 1984 or Animal Farm. But these lectures offer a more profound understanding of Orwell's literary career than an analysis of the message and prototypes behind two of his most famous works.
Michael Shelden is the authorized biographer of George Orwell, and he manages to carry the reader away. The lectures inspired me to read Orwell's books and essays and get to know his ideas better. Learning those facts about Orwell made me fall in love with his genius. Thank you, Mr. Shelden!