Orwell Up Close

Is there a college student alive who hasn't heard of George Orwell? Or his prescient novels Animal Farm and 1984 — at least in their Hollywood versions? Or any of those chilling words and phrases he gave us: Newspeak, double-think, unperson, cold war, Ministry of Truth, Big Brother is watching, some are more equal than others?

Fifty-three years after Orwell's death, his books have sold more than 40 million copies in 60 languages, and a million new readers discover him every year. His reputation as a champion of freedom, decency and clean prose has long outlived his era....