The Road to Wigan Pier

The Road to Wigan Pier is Orwell's 1937 study of poverty and working-class life in northern England.

Author: George Orwell

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0198850905

Category: Literary Criticism

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The Road to Wigan Pier is Orwell's 1937 study of poverty and working-class life in northern England.

The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell Book Analysis

Unlock the more straightforward side of The Road to Wigan Pier with this concise and insightful summary and analysis!

Author: Bright Summaries


ISBN: 2808012845

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Unlock the more straightforward side of The Road to Wigan Pier with this concise and insightful summary and analysis! This engaging summary presents an analysis of The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell, a non-fiction account of the time Orwell spent living among working-class citizens in Wigan, Barnsley and Sheffield. He provides a vivid depiction of the economic destruction wreaked by the First World War and the Great Depression, as well as the devastating effects of the government’s punitive restrictions on benefits payments. When The Road to Wigan Pier was first published in 1937, its advocacy of Socialism met with a mixed response from critics. Orwell’s subsequent works, including Homage to Catalonia, Animal Farm and 1984 cemented his position as one of the most acclaimed and influential British writers of the 20th century. Find out everything you need to know about The Road to Wigan Pier in a fraction of the time! This in-depth and informative reading guide brings you: • A complete plot summary • Character studies • Key themes and symbols • Questions for further reflection Why choose Available in print and digital format, our publications are designed to accompany you on your reading journey. The clear and concise style makes for easy understanding, providing the perfect opportunity to improve your literary knowledge in no time. See the very best of literature in a whole new light with!

The Road from Wigan Pier

Author: Richard D. Lewis

Publisher: Transcreen Publications

ISBN: 9780953439805

Category: Linguists

Page: 403

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The Road to Wigan Pier Revisited

In the second half of The Road to Wigan Pier, Orwell's solution to the problems
he'd found was simple – 'the idea that we must all cooperate and see to it that
everyone does his fair share of the work and gets his fair share of the provisions ...

Author: Stephen Armstrong

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1780338791

Category: Political Science

Page: 160

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You think that the recession isn't biting? Look again. You think that the riots in August 2011 were unpredicted? Think again. 75 years after George Orwell's classic expose on life in the North, Stephen Armstrong returns to find that many things have changed, but not always for the better. Here he finds how young girls go missing because of the intransigence of the benefits systems, how fragile hope can be in the face of poverty and why the government stands in the way of a community helping itself. In his journey, taking in Bradford, Sheffield, Liverpool and Wigan, Armstrong reveals a society at the end of its tether, abandoned by all those who speak in its name.

The Road to Wigan Pier

Managing Local Authority Museums and Art Galleries Audit Commission for
Local Authorities and the National Health Service in England and Wales. C . 1
AM 121 . A9 1991 f . The road to Wigan Pier ? : Stanford University Libraries 3
6105 ...

Author: Audit Commission for Local Authorities and the National Health Service in England and Wales

Publisher: Stationery Office/Tso


Category: Art

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The Complete Works of George Orwell The road to Wigan Pier

Professor Bernard Crick gives an account of Victor Gollancz's qualms about Part
II of The Road to Wigan Pier which led to the writing of Gollancz's Foreword (
George Orwell : A Life , Penguin Books , Harmondsworth , 1982 , pp . 309-12 ) .

Author: George Orwell





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George Orwell Updated Edition

PATRICIA RAE Orwell's Heart of Darkness: The Road to Wigan Pier as Modernist
Anthropology Critics have charged that Orwell's complaints about the dirt and
smell of working-class houses in The Road to Wigan Pier inadvertently show that

Author: Harold Bloom

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 1438113005



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George Orwell wrote many essays and political pamphlets, yet most know him for his fable Animal Farm and his dystopian novel 1984. The essays in this enhanced Bloom's Modern Critical Views volume offer precise commentary on Orwell's p

Wigan Pier Revisited

Wigan Pier Revisited is a devastating record of what Beatrix Campbell saw and heard in towns and cities ravaged by poverty and unemployment.

Author: Beatrix Campbell

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 034900417X

Category: Political Science

Page: 324

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A brilliant exposé of poverty and politics in Britain. In 1937 George Orwell published The Road to Wigan Pier, an account of his famous 'urban ride' among the people and places of the Great Depression. Fifty years later we lived through a second Great Depression, and this time the journey north was made by a woman - like Orwell a journalist and a socialist, but, unlike him, working class and a feminist. Wigan Pier Revisited is a devastating record of what Beatrix Campbell saw and heard in towns and cities ravaged by poverty and unemployment. She talked to young mothers on the dole, to miners and their families, to school leavers, battered wives, factory workers, redundant workers; discovered what work, home, family, politics and dignity meant for working-class people. Out of this came her passionate plea for a genuine socialism, one informed by feminism, drawing its strength from the grass roots and responding to people's real needs.

Refiguring the Map of Sorrow

In a fine article on George Orwell's encounters with and observations of the
working class in The Road to Wigan Pier, Philip Dodd argues that Orwell, unlike
many travel writers of his time, is aware that "What he can see and know ... is ...

Author: Mark Christopher Allister

Publisher: University of Virginia Press

ISBN: 9780813920658

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 199

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This study brings together the genres of autobiography and environmental literature. It examines a form of grief narrative in which writers deal with mourning by standing outside the text in writing about the natural world, and inside it in making that exposition part of the grieving process.

George Orwell s Documentary Work Focusing on Down and Out in Paris and London and The Road to Wigan Pier as examples

Down among the oppressed: The Road to Wigan Pier 12 4.1 Economic and
political situation in the 1930 ́s 12 4.2 The Left Book Club and its relation to the
book 13 4.3 Summary of the contents 15 4.4 Stylistic and literary devices 16 4.5
Orwell ...

Author: Birthe Stolz

Publisher: GRIN Verlag

ISBN: 3638346234

Category: Literary Criticism

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Seminar paper from the year 2003 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 2+, University of Duisburg-Essen, course: Dystopian Literature - Huxley and Orwell, 27 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: In this term paper I want to focus on two of the most popular documentaries by George Orwell: Down and Out in Paris and London and The Road to Wigan Pier. While most people, when hearing the name George Orwell, think of the novel 1984 and the fable Animal Farm, only a few know that his first literary successes were books of a very different genre. The documentaries DOPL and RWP influenced his career as a political writer and coined him as an ambivalent left-wing intellectual. The term paper is structured chronologically, first dealing with DOPL and then focusing on RWP. In order to understand Orwell ́s curiosity regarding the English working-class and the poor in general, I found it important to give a brief overview on his social background (chapter 2). I will then continue with explaining the circumstances in which Orwell found himself before going to London and Paris and describing his motives for living among the oppressed (chapter 3.1). In order to give an impression of the contents of the book, chapter 3.2 summarizes the most interesting and important passages and quotations. Chapter. 3.3 focuses on the style and the literary means. The last chapter on DOPL (chapter 3.4) refers to Orwell ́s political standpoint when writing the book, including opinions and reactions to the latter. Chapter 4.1 begins with a description of the political and economic situation in the 1930 ́s. In my mind, it is important to get an impression of the problems and circumstances of the historical background when Orwell gathered the material for RWP because the time is closely connected with the content of the book. In the next chapter, I again will give an answer to the question why Orwell wrote this book which in this case is a little different because it was commissioned. Furthermore I will discuss the meaning and the function of the Left Book Club which played an important role in respect of RWP. Chapter 4.3 summarizes the two parts of the book while chapter 4.4. again focuses on stylistic and literary means. The importance of the political substance of RWP is mirrored in chapter 4.5, including Orwell ́s aims, analysis, definition of socialism and his attacks on middle-class socialists. The last chapter of the term paper deals with the controversial opinions RWP called forth and especially with its opponents of the left-wing intelligentsia.

Theatre Ecology

Ah suppose you'd call me a pup of Wigan Pier.'14 In 1937 George Orwell helped
to ensure its continuing fame through The Road to Wigan Pier, though the great
writer, having 'set his heart on seeing' it, confesses that 'Wigan Pier had been ...

Author: Baz Kershaw

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521877164

Category: Drama

Page: 353

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A study into the relationships between performance, theatre and environmental ecology.

The Road to St Kilda Pier

G . Orwell , The Road to Wigan Pier , Penguin , 1962 , p . 159 - 160 . 2 . V .
Burgmann , " The Iron Heel : The suppression of the IWW during World War I , ” in
Sydney Labour History Group , What Rough Beast ? The State and Social Order
in ...

Author: Andrew Milner



Category: Australia

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The Complete Works of George Orwell

The Road to Wigan Pier Diary: editorial note 417 271. Orwell's Sketch Map of his
Journey to the North 418 272. TheRoadto Wigan Pier Dizry: 3 iJanuary-io
February 1936 419 273 . Letter to Christy & Moore, 1 1 February 1936 422 274.

Author: George Orwell



Category: English literature


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A Kind of Compulsion 1903 1936

The Road to Wigan Pier Diary : editorial note 271 . Orwell ' s Sketch Map of his
Journey to the North 272 . The Road to Wigan Pier Diary : 31 January - 10
February 1936 273 . Letter to Christy & Moore , 11 February 1936 274 . The Road
to ...

Author: George Orwell

Publisher: Harvill Secker


Category: Literary Collections

Page: 600

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This volume begins with Orwell's letters home from St. Cyprian's Preparatory School from the age of eight. Orwell illustrated many of these letters and the edition reproduces his simple but charming drawings. Whilst at Eton he contributed to several college publications and these, with several of his early stories, are printed here. It was also a time when he wrote poetry and all the poems of these years are included. Whilst in Burma he wrote sketches and draft that were lead to Burmese Days; all are now published here. Reprinted for the first time since their publication in Paris in 1928 - 1929, and now with English translations, are the articles he wrote to expose the sufferings of the unemployed, tramps and beggars, the imperialist exploitation of other people, a literary essay and an essay on censorship, all of which would be centres of concern for Orwell throughout his life. In 1930 Orwell had published the first of his 379 reviews of some 700 books, plays and films. In 1931 'A Hanging', the first of his most important essays, was published. The volume includes the text of his school play, King Charles II, which features (as Charles 1) in A Clergyman's Daughter.


Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1980. The Film Society Programmes 1925–1939. New
York: Arno Press, 1972. Gollancz, Victor. 'Foreword'. The Road to Wigan Pier. By
George Orwell. Left Book Club Edition. London: Victor Gollancz, 1937. xi–xxiv.

Author: Kristin Bluemel

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 0748688560

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 264

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This collection of original critical essays, newly available in paperback, launches an ambitious, long-term project marking out a new period and style in twentieth-century literary history.

Museum Management

Responding to external guidance Two questions (analysed in Tables 5.12 and
5.13) examined the museum managers' response to the Audit Commission's
report The Road to Wigan Pier? (1991), which provided a clear strategic
framework ...

Author: Kevin Moore

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134830653

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 312

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Collecting a selection of essential writings by some of the leading authors in the field, Kevin Moore examines the developments in, and effectiveness of, museum management in a world dominated by new and exciting heritage and leisure attractions. The selected papers in Museum Management outline the development of museum management to date, the challenges museums currently face, and the key areas of future development in management and marketing practice, and addresses: strategic management issues: policy formulation, corporate planning and performance measurement human resource management financial management the importance of marketing. This volume is an invaluable introduction to the key issues, controversies and debates in the subject. It will be essential reading for all students, museum managers and staff who need to keep up to date with latest developments in this field.

Orwell in Context

Orwell , The Road to Wigan Pier , p . 113 . 213 . D . Cannadine , Class in Britain (
1998 ; repr . Harmondsworth : Penguin , 2000 ) , p . 144 . 214 . R . Hoggart , '
Introduction ' in The Road to Wigan Pier ( 1937 ; repr . Harmondsworth : Penguin

Author: Ben Clarke

Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan


Category: Fiction

Page: 225

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This bold new reading of Orwell's work focuses upon his representation of communities and the myths that shape them. In particular, it analyzes his interpretations of class, gender and nationality within the context of the political and literary culture of the Nineteen-Thirties and Forties. The book uses a wide range of literary, historical and theoretical texts to argue that Orwell's radicalism lay in his attempt to integrate 'traditional' communal identities into a revolutionary socialist politics.

The Words Between the Spaces

This is nowhere clearer than in cases where the past is already explicitly
politicized, as George Orwell, social critic and writer, politicized it in his 1937
description and critique of working class northern British life - The Road to Wigan

Author: Professor Deborah Cameron

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415143455

Category: Architecture

Page: 196

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Using language - speaking and understanding it - is a defining ability of human beings, woven into all human activity. It is therefore inevitable that it should be deeply implicated in the design, production and use of buildings. Building legislation, design guides, competition and other briefs, architectural criticism, teaching and scholarly material, and the media all produce their characteristic texts. The authors use texts about such projects as Berlin's new Reichstag, Scotland's new Parliament, and the Auschwitz concentration camp museum to clarify the interaction between texts, design, critical debate and response.

The Art of Interruption

However , what also has to be taken into account , as it has hardly been at all , is
that the report on Wigan is a satire , a ... Fig 22 Photograph from The Road to
Wigan Pier : Nine Mile Point Colliery , Newport , Anon , c.1937 ( © Anon ) Fig 23 ...

Author: John Roberts

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 9780719035616

Category: Photography

Page: 241

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The first major examination of the relationship between photography and art and the philosophical and aesthetic categories of 'realism' and the 'everyday.'

Chambers Dictionary of Quotations

Author: Dr Gary Jones

Publisher: Chambers Harrap Pub Limited


Category: Reference

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'If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.' -- Derek Bok 'I don't want to achieve immortality through my work...I want to achieve it through not dying.' -- Woody Allen 'Life loves the liver of it' -- Maya Angelou An indispensable and comprehensive reference for writers, speakers, educators, executives, and curious browsers, the Chambers Dictionary of Quotations offers more than 20,000 quotations spanning all historical periods and covering diverse aspects of human experience, from politics and feminism, literature and sex, to nature, notable persons, and more. International in scope and broad in coverage, this compendium gathers together notable quotes -- many of which have never been collected before -- from more than 4,000 sources including such contemporary quotables as Salman Rushdie, Maya Angelou, and Henry Kissinger. Each quote is fully annotated, reliably sourced, and put in context along with concise biographical information on its author. Alphabetically arranged by speaker, and extensively cross-referenced, this easy-to-use reference includes a detailed index that facilitates searches by keyword. Readers can quickly locate a quotation on a particular subject, check a half-remembered line, sample the style and philosophy of an author or simply browse through and savor the accumulated wit and wisdom of the ages. The ultimate source of who said what -- and when they said it.