In Defense of Comrade Psmith: The Orwellian Treatment of Orwell

  • Ian WilliamsEmail author
Part of the Political Philosophy and Public Purpose book series (POPHPUPU)


This chapter considers how Orwell’s work has become a “literary Rorschach test, an intellectual inkblot onto which detractors and followers alike project all their fears and hopes” interpreting Orwell to support their own political predilections. The author explains how his personal experiences of, among other things “democratic centralism,” and the British class and caste structure shaped his perceptions of Orwell and why those perceptions could take different facets from other commentators.


Orwell Labour party Decency The road to wigan pier Chou en lai Caste Class democratic socialism 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Bard Center for Globalization and International AffairsManhattanUSA

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