George Orwell
“Decline of the English Murder and other essays”

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Bibliographical Note:

‘Decline of the English Murder’ first appeared in Tribune (1946), ‘A Hanging’ in Adelphi (August 1931), and ‘How the Poor Die’ in Now (November 1946). All three essays were included in the selection Shooting an Elephant.

‘Benefit of Clergy’ was withdrawn from the Saturday Book for 1944, ‘Rudyard Kipling’ first appeared in Horizon (February 1942), ‘Raffles and Miss Blandish’ in Horizon (October 1944), ‘Charles Dickens’ in the book Inside the Whale (1940), and ‘The Art of Donald McGill’ in Horizon (September 1941). These five essays were included in selection Critical Essays (1946).

‘Notes on Nationalism’ first appeared in Polemic (October 1945) and ‘Why I Write’ in Gangrel (1947). These two essays appeared in the selection Such, Such Were the Joys (1953).

By Penguin Books:

A new collection of some of the less accessible essays by the author of Animal Farm, including his lament for the inferior quality of modern murders and his comments on the changing face of fictional crime; his long essay on Dickens, and his shrewd critical remarks on Kipling and on the peculiar genius of Salvadore Dali; eyewitness accounts of a hanging in Burma and a lazar-house in Paris; with notes on nationalism, on seaside postcards, and on his own ambition — surely realized? — to make political writing into an art.


  1. Decline of the English Murder, 1946
  2. A Hanging, 1931
  3. Benefit of Clergy: Some notes on Salvador Dali, 1944
  4. How the Poor Die, 1946
  5. Rudyard Kipling, 1942
  6. Raffles and Miss Blandish, 1944
  7. Charles Dickens, 1939
  8. The Art of Donald McGill, 1941
  9. Notes on Nationalism, 1945
  10. Why I Write, 1946

Penguin Books in association with Secker and Warburg:
‘Decline of the English Murder and Other Essays’ (a book 2297)
This selection first published in Penguin Books 1965.
© Estate of Eric Blair 1946, 1931, 1946, 1950, 1944, 1942, 1944, 1940, 1941, 1946, 1945, 1947, 1953
Made and printed in Great Britain by
C. Nicholls and Company Ltd.
Set in Linotype Granjon
OCR: Mikhail V. Chernyshev
E-mail: [email protected]

The cover shows a portrait of George Orwell
by Peter Blake

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