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“Why I Write” from “Fifty Orwell Essays” – George Orwell

November 14th, 2011 · No Comments · Prose, Writing

I wanted to write enormous naturalistic novels with unhappy endings, full of detailed descriptions and arresting similes, and also full of purple passages in which words were used partly for the sake of their own sound. And in fact my first completed novel, BURMESE DAYS, which I wrote when I was thirty but projected much earlier, is rather that kind of book.

It’s funny to think of Orwell, one of the great masters of a stripped back utilitarian style, wanting to write in florid prose.

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