[PW] Full Text Source(s) for Materials Quoted in Orwell's "Politics and the English Language"
suekamm at mindspring.com
Fri Oct 28 15:04:34 PDT 2016
I ran a Yahoo search on "Orwell essay on "politics and the English
language," There's a gazillion hits from my search.
One of the hits is a copy of the essay. If I were grading Orwell on his
paper, I would seriously consider flunking him -- not for the information in
the essay, but his lack of attention to bibliographic details. Here is a
copy of the sentences your querent wants:
1. I am not, indeed, sure whether it is not true to say that the Milton who
once seemed not unlike a seventeenth-century Shelley had not become, out of
an experience ever more bitter in each year, more alien [sic] to the founder
of that Jesuit sect which nothing could induce him to tolerate.
Professor Harold Laski (Essay in Freedom of Expression)
2. Above all, we cannot play ducks and drakes with a native battery of
idioms which prescribes egregious collocations of vocables as the Basic put
up with for tolerate, or put at a loss for bewilder.
Professor Lancelot Hogben (Interglossia)
3. On the one side we have the free personality: by definition it is not
neurotic, for it has neither conflict nor dream. Its desires, such as they
are, are transparent, for they are just what institutional approval keeps in
the forefront of consciousness; another institutional pattern would alter
their number and intensity; there is little in them that is natural,
irreducible, or culturally dangerous. But on the other side, the social bond
itself is nothing but the mutual reflection of these self-secure
integrities. Recall the definition of love. Is not this the very picture of
a small academic? Where is there a place in this hall of mirrors for either
personality or fraternity?
Essay on psychology in Politics (New York)
4. All the ‘best people’ from the gentlemen's clubs, and all the frantic
fascist captains, united in common hatred of Socialism and bestial horror at
the rising tide of the mass revolutionary movement, have turned to acts of
provocation, to foul incendiarism, to medieval legends of poisoned wells, to
legalize their own destruction of proletarian organizations, and rouse the
agitated petty-bourgeoise to chauvinistic fervor on behalf of the fight
against the revolutionary way out of the crisis.
5. If a new spirit is to be infused into this old country, there is one
thorny and contentious reform which must be tackled, and that is the
humanization and galvanization of the B.B.C. Timidity here will bespeak
canker and atrophy of the soul. The heart of Britain may be sound and of
strong beat, for instance, but the British lion's roar at present is like
that of Bottom in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream — as gentle as any
sucking dove. A virile new Britain cannot continue indefinitely to be
traduced in the eyes or rather ears, of the world by the effete languors of
Langham Place, brazenly masquerading as ‘standard English’. When the Voice
of Britain is heard at nine o'clock, better far and infinitely less
ludicrous to hear aitches honestly dropped than the present priggish,
inflated, inhibited, school-ma'amish arch braying of blameless bashful
Letter in Tribune
(Sorry, either my PC or the publisher of the essay won't allow me to set off
I ran a quick search in WorldCat for the work allegedly cited in Orwell's
list. Nothing. I don't have access to any literary indexes to learn if the
quote attributed to Laski appears anywhere. They don't. With the totally
unhelpful "ciations" Orwell used, your search for the primary sources will
be like searching for the proverbial needle in a haystack, when you don't
know which haystack to look for.
Maybe another W0mbat can find out which institution holds Orwell's papers.
They might be able to find the citations.
Your friendly neighborhood CyberGoddess,
Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles Dodgers Truest of the Blue, 2000
"It's time for Dodger baseball!" -- Vin Scully
Email: suekamm [AT] mindspring [DOT] com
From: stephen pomes
Sent: Thursday, October 27, 2016 11:05 AM
To: list at project-wombat.org
Subject: [PW] Full Text Source(s) for Materials Quoted in Orwell's "Politics
and the English Language"
A patron approached me about getting the full-texts of the materials that
Orwell uses in the beginning of his essay, "Politics and the English
Language." Orwell quotes from these sources and uses them to show examples
of bad writing. The patron has an interest in reading these materials in
Orwell's essay is available on the web in both HTML and PDF formats, but I
haven't seen any hyperlinked resources that reproduce any of these other
writings that Orwell quotes. If anyone is not familiar with the essay, here
are two links:
George Orwell: Politics and the English Language
| | |
George Orwell: Politics and the English Language
By O. Dag Politics and the English Language, the essay of George Orwell.
First published: April 1946 by/in Horizon, GB, Lo... | |
As I work in a science and technology library, we don't have much literary
reference materials. We've tried Google, but we mainly get websites
reproducing Orwell's essay, but not much else.
Project Wombat - Project-wombat
list at project-wombat.org
More information about the Project-Wombat-Open