Agathocleous, Tanya. George Orwell: Battling Big Brother. New York: Oxford University Press, 2000.
A children's introduction to Orwell and his work.

Bloom, Harold, ed. George Orwell. Modern Critical Views. New York: Chelsea House, 1988.
A collection of scholarly essays on Orwell's work intended primarily for student use.

Davidson, Peter. George Orwell: A Literary Life. New York: St. Martin's, 1996.
A biographical/critical study of Orwell by the man who spent 17 years editing The Complete Works of George Orwell. Includes a very detailed chronology of Orwell's life.

Gardner, Averil. George Orwell. Twayne English Authors Series. Boston: Twayne Publishers, 1987.
Like all Twayne monographs, this is a basic overview of the author's work. Offers a very helpful (though somewhat dated) annotated bibliography.

Gross, Miriam, ed. The World of George Orwell. London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1971.
A collection of biographical essays and memoirs about various aspects of Orwell's life and career.

Hammond, J. R. A George Orwell Companion: A Guide to the Novels, Documentaries, and Essays. New York: St. Martin's, 1982.
A useful handbook for all of Orwell's work.

Hitchens, Christopher. Why Orwell Matters. New York: Basic Books, 2002.
A strong defense of Orwell's politics by a controversial contemporary commentator.

Holderness, Graham, Bryan Loughrey, and Nahem Yousaf, eds. George Orwell. New Casebooks. New York: St Martins, 1999.
The most recent collection of scholarly essays on Orwell.

Miller, Mark Crispin. Big Brother Is You, Watching. In Boxed In: The Culture of TV. Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 1988.
A troubling essay that argues that television in modern culture has ironically fulfilled Orwell's prophecy, though in a way that he never foresaw.

Patai, Daphne. The Orwell Mystique: A Study in Male Ideology. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 1984.
A harsh but very well-argued feminist indictment of Orwell....

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