G.K. Chesterton's Literary Influence on George Orwell: A Surprising Irony (New ed.)

G.K. Chesterton's Literary Influence on George Orwell: A Surprising Irony (New ed.)

By: Luke Seaber (author)Hardback

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This is the first literary analysis of the surprising influence of Chesterton's writings on the literary style of Orwell. Luke Seaber is the first author to study the influence of G.K. Chesterton on George Orwell. The book analyzes how Chesteron influenced Orwell's novels and how Orwell misrepresented Chesterton because he was embarrassed by this fact. Seaber takes the Orwell-Chesterton relationship one step further by looking at the similarities found within each author's use political language, war-time propaganda, and the symbolism of Dickens. However, Seaber concludes by taking a different direction. Rather than solely illustrating their similarities, Seaber juxtaposes Orwell and Chesterton's literary technique to show where both men differed in their world view. Original and thorough, this book will appeal to those interested in Orwell and Chesterton alike.


1. Critical Examination of Orwell's References to Chesterton; 2. Chestertonian Presences in the Novels of Orwell; 3. Use and Misuse of Public Language; 4. Comparison of the Wartime Propaganda of Chesterton and Orwell; 5. Nationalism, Distributism and the Symbolic Figure of Dickens; 6. Postcolonial, Imperial and Historical Alterity.

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  • ISBN13: 9780773425804
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 416
  • ID: 9780773425804
  • ISBN10: 0773425802
  • edition: New ed.

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