Tag Archives: George Orwell

Starvation as metaphor

Michael Shulman  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA   “Boy and Girl at Cahera” (1847) captured an image of the Great Famine for Middle-class readers of London Illustrated News.  The mystery of Food Increased till I abjured it And dine without Like God — Emily Dickinson Susan Sontag’s 1978 essay Illness as Metaphor,1 published in serial form in […]

George Orwell and the ethics of dealing in or dealing with cigarettes

Lynn T. Kozlowski Buffalo, NY, United States Early in World War II, George Orwell wrote the essay “England, my England,” commenting that as he was writing “highly civilized human beings” were flying overhead trying to kill him: They do not feel any enmity against me as an individual, nor I against them. They are ‘only […]