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George Orwell

Keep the Aspidistra Flying

Publisher: © 1984 Penguin Books, GB, London, ISBN 0 14 00. 1698 8.

Copyright: © the Estate of Eric Blair, 1936.

First Published: in 1936.

Reprinted: 1963, 1965, 1966, 1968, 1970, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984.

Made and printed: in Great Britain by Richard Clay (The Chaucer Press) Ltd., Bungay, Suffolk.

Set: in Monotype Baskerville.

Front cover photograph: by Huphrey Sutton.

Back cover photograph: © BBC.

OCR: Mikhail V. Chernyshev; E-Mail:

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Gordon Comstock, poet manque and author of Mice (‘a sneaky little foolscap octavo’) walks out of a ‘good’ job and embarks on a long, deliberate and ultimately fruitless slide into penury.

In charting his anti-hero's attempted renunciation (or escape), Orwell was examining themes which run through the whole of his life and writing, from Down and Out in Paris and London to 1984.


Keep the Aspidistra Flying
George Orwell
by Penguin Books