George Orwell
“Down and Out in Paris and London”

[Down and Out in Paris and London - Cover page]

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


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
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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
All rights reserved
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Printed in England by Clays Ltd, St Ives pic
OCR: Mikhail V. Chernyshev
E-mail: [email protected]

The cover shows Behind the Restaurant by Bill Brandt
© Noya Brandt, courtesy Edwynn Houk Gallery, Chicago

[Cover page] ~ [Gift from V. Domiteeva]

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