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Nineteen Eighty-Four
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Nineteen Eighty-Four Paperback - 2003

by George Orwell; Introduction by Dolen Perkins-Valdez; Foreword by Thomas Pynchon

This new centennial edition is the masterpiece of rebellion and imprisonment, where war is peace, freedom is slavery, and Big Brother is watching.


About this book

Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984) by George Orwell has become the definitive dystopian novel of the twentieth century.

Originally published on June 8, 1949 by Secker and Warburg in the United Kingdom, the book follows the main character, Winston Smith, through his disillusionment with totalitarianism and a doomed struggle of resistance. George Orwell is a pen-name, Orwell's real name was Eric Blair.
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Summary

With a foreword by Thomas Pynchon

A masterpiece of rebellion and imprisonment, where war is peace, freedom is slavery, and Big Brother is watching...

View our feature on George Orwell’s 1984.

Thought Police. Big Brother. Orwellian. These words have entered our vocabulary because of George Orwell’s classic dystopian novel, 1984. The story of one man’s nightmare odyssey as he pursues a forbidden love affair through a world ruled by warring states and a power structure that controls not only information but also individual thought and memory, 1984 is a prophetic, haunting tale.

More relevant than ever before, 1984 exposes the worst crimes imaginable—the destruction of truth, freedom, and individuality.

This beautiful paperback edition features deckled edges and french flaps -- a perfect gift for any occasion.

First Edition Identification

The overall quality of the printing of this first edition is high. Some commonly found defects include missing plates, damage to the frontispiece or endpapers, and age-tanned pages. Blair died six months after publication of this, his last novel. Very rare signed copies have significant value, with some volumes priced near $10,000 USD. Because of this, numerous attempts have been made at forging the author's signature, and care should be taken to authenticate a signed copy. Unsigned first-edition first-printing British editions in mint condition can sometimes be priced in the $2,000 to $3,000 range (USD). 

The first US edition was printed by Harcourt, Brace and Company in 1949, only five days after the U.K. Edition. The UK edition first printing ran 26,575 copies, the US edition approximately 20,000. The book was an instant best seller in both Great Britain and the United States. 

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  • Title Nineteen Eighty-Four
  • Author George Orwell; Introduction by Dolen Perkins-Valdez; Foreword by Thomas Pynchon
  • Binding Paperback
  • Edition [ Edition: Repri
  • Pages 384
  • Volumes 1
  • Language ENG
  • Publisher Berkley Books, New York
  • Date 2003-05-06
  • Features Bibliography
  • ISBN 9780452284234 / 0452284236
  • Weight 0.64 lbs (0.29 kg)
  • Dimensions 8.01 x 5.47 x 0.97 in (20.35 x 13.89 x 2.46 cm)
  • Ages 18 to UP years
  • Grade levels 13 - UP
  • Reading level 1090
  • Library of Congress subjects Science fiction, Political fiction
  • Library of Congress Catalog Number 2003273412
  • Dewey Decimal Code FIC

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Citations

  • School Library Journal, 04/05/2024, Page 1

About the author

George Orwell (pseudonym for Eric Blair [1903-50]) was born in Bengal and educated at Eton; after service with the Indian Imperial Police in Burma, he returned to Europe to earn his living penning novels and essays. He was essentially a political writer who focused his attention on his own times, a man of intense feelings and intense hates. An opponent of totalitarianism, he served in the Loyalist forces in the Spanish Civil War. Besides his classic Animal Farm, his works include a novel based on his experiences as a colonial policeman, Burmese Days, two firsthand studies of poverty, Down and Out in Paris and London and The Road to Wigan Pier, an account of his experiences in the Spanish Civil War, Homage to Catalonia; and the extraordinary novel of political prophecy whose title became part of our language, 1984.
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