George Orwell’s powerful prose and critical mind are on display in All Art Is Propaganda: Critical Essays (Harcourt, $25), critiquing art, literature, film, and popular culture. Wonderful pieces discussing Dickens, Swift, Chaplin, Greene, and Gandhi combine a cogent treatise on their use of language and image, while simultaneously marrying the work to the underpinnings of political, religious, and philosophical thought guiding them.  Other pieces, such as “Good Bad Books” and “Confessions of a Book Reviewer,” show Orwell’s humorous side and voracious appetite for the written word in all forms, both high and low.

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George Orwell’s life and works prove that clarity of language derives from clarity of thought. Written in an age of clashing ideological systems, Facing Unpleasant Facts: Narrative Essays (Harcourt, $25) reveals a mind indefatigably opposed to cliché and cant.  On the essential questions of his time—fascism, Stalinism, imperialism—Orwell was right as well as interesting.  As Packer notes, the genius of Orwell’s method was his commitment to observed fact.  Orwell was there—in the Republican lines in Spain, in colonial Burma, in London during the Blitz, in a dismal holding pen for tramps, in the country of terrifying credulity that is childhood—where political dogma and bromides meet the weak human flesh they work on.  The clarity and simple strength of Orwell’s prose is legendary. With these narrative essays, readers will understand that Orwell’s style is the voice of integrity on the page. 

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In White Heat: The Friendship of Emily Dickinson and Thomas Wentworth Higginson (Knopf, $27.95), accomplished biographer Brenda Wineapple has struck on a rich subject, one combining literature, American history, and fascinating personalities. Everyone has heard of Emily Dickinson, although she remains enigmatic. By contrast, Higginson is unfamiliar today, though renowned in his time as a journalist, editor, abolitionist, and activist for black enfranchisement and women’s rights. He led the Union Army’s first black regiment, the First South Carolina volunteers, formed in 1862. Higginson met Dickinson just twice—an experience he said “drained my nerve power”—but the two corresponded for nearly 25 years, and Higginson left some of the few first-hand impressions of the poet that we have. 

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