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George Orwell

Down and Out in Paris and London

Publisher: © 1989 Penguin Books, GB, London, ISBN 0 14 01 8230 6.

The Front Cover Art:: shows Behind the Restaurant by Bill Brandt; © Noya Brandt, courtesy Edwynn Houk Gallery, Chicago.

First published: by Victor Gollancz 1933.

Published in Penguin Books: 1940.

This edition: first published by Martin Secker and Warburg Ltd in the Complete Works of George Orwell series 1986.

Published in Penguin Books: with an Introduction and a new Note on the Text 1989

Copyright: 1933 by Eric Blair.

This edition copyright: © the Estate of the late Sonia Brownell Orwell, 1986.

Introduction copyright: © Dervla Murphy, 1986.

Note on the Text copyright: © Peter Davison, 1989.

Filmset: in Bembo Monophoto.

Printed: in England by Clays Ltd, St Ives pic.

All rights reserved.

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With an Introduction by Dervla Murphy and ‘A Note on the Text’ by Peter Davison.

Lewis, Mackenzie, Priestley:

‘A tour of the underworld, conducted without hysteria or prejudice... The facts he reveals should shake the complacency of twentieth-century civilaztion if anything could; they are sensational yet presented without sensationalism’ — C. Day Lewis

‘It is the white-hot reaction of a sensitive, observant, compassionate young man to poverty, injustice and the callousness of the rich,’ writes Dervla Murphy, introducing Orwell's record of a period in the late Twenties when he lived among the tramps, dregs and plongeurs of London and Paris. ‘It offers insights rather than solutions; but always insights have to precede solutions ... No one has ever claimed Down and Out is its author's best book, yet many of his admires describe it as their favourite Orwell. Its flaws are numerous, but oddly endearing.’

‘Written with so much simple force ... the result is curiously beautiful’ — Compton Mackenzie.

‘An excellent book and a valuable social document’ — J. B. Priestley.



Down and Out in Paris and London
George Orwell
Dervla Murphy
A Note on the Text
Peter Davison

The book — gift from V. Domiteeva.