[PW] Full Text Source(s) for Materials Quoted in Orwell's "Politics and the English Language"

Sue Kamm 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.

Communist pamphlet

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 
mewing maidens!

Letter in Tribune

(Sorry, either my PC or the publisher of the essay won't allow me to set off 
the statements.)

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,
Sue Kamm
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
-----Original Message----- 
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 
their entirety.
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

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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.
Stephen Pomes
Project Wombat - Project-wombat
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