DID WIFE EILEEN MAKE ORWELL?
"Now, that's the kind of girl I would like to marry",
George told a friend the night he met Eileen O'Shaughnessy.
The year before, Eileen had published a futuristic poem called
"End of the Century, 1984".
Later, George would name his greatest work, 1984,
in homage to the memory of Eileen.
To Orwell Today,
I discovered your website seven years ago, when I first started my biography of Eileen O'Shaughnessy, Orwell's extraordinary first wife. As you of course know, a biography of her had never been written before. I'm sure you'll be very interested to know that my book is now about to be published by Unbound press, in London, with the title Eileen: The Making of Orwell.
You can go to their interesting website presentation at Eileen: The Making of Orwell to find a description of the book and watch a short video with some of the photos I've collected. I'm copying below how it's being promoted in other places:
Eileen: The Making of Orwell is the never-before-told story of the woman who recognized Orwell's genius before almost anyone else had. Eileen's whimsical sense of humour, her ability to match Orwell intellectually, and her absolute devotion to helping him develop his talent and promote his career helped shape one of the 20th century's greatest writers. This is the first book on this extraordinary woman who has been until now unjustly overlooked. It examines the Blairs' nine-year marriage, the partnership that produced some of the greatest works in English literature. The year before she met Orwell, Eileen had published a futuristic poem called "End of the Century, 1984". Later, George would name his greatest work, 1984, in homage to the memory of Eileen.
Eileen: The Making of Orwell is a vivid picture of bohemianism, poverty, political engagement, and sexual freedom in the 30s and 40s, with an undertow of sadness. This touching story offers a completely new perspective on Orwell himself.
I hope you will mention this book on your website. And perhaps you could suggest that people go to the link above to order copies ahead of time. That would get the book into bookstores more quickly. I also hope you would consider ordering a copy ahead of time yourself. And please do tell anyone else about my book who might be interested. You will also notice that I've discovered many beliefs about the Orwell story that should be corrected. The family members I've come to know quite well are all thrilled by my discoveries.
Hope to hear from you soon!
Thank you for contacting me with news about your newly published book about Orwell's wife Eileen -- and yes, I will order a copy in hardcover when it's available here in Canada.
I went to your publisher's website and read the excerpt of Chapter 5 -- A WHIRLWIND COURTSHIP and could totally relate to the description of Eileen and friend climbing up the hill to the flat where Orwell was living because I and a friend climbed that hill on my HOMAGE TO ORWELL in 2003. And I liked your anecdote about how everyone loved Eileen's name "O'Shaughnessy".
There are many articles on my website about Eileen and her beloved brother Dr Laurence O'Shaughnessy whose death at the beginning of WWII devastated her. Laurence had played a huge role in Eileen's and George's life and his loss not only affected them, but had impact even on all the people he was helping in the fight against tuberculosis and other heart-lung conditions.
Congratulations on becoming a published author -- and of such an interesting subject. I look forward to reading EILEEN: THE MAKING OF ORWELL.
All the best,
Jackie Jura, Novermber 2017
To Orwell Today,
Thanks so much, Jackie. It looks great!!
ORWELL DOC O'SHAUGHNESSY HEART OMEN
HOW ORWELL DOC O'SHAUGNESSY DIED
ORWELL BULLET THRU NECK
ORWELL DOC O'SHAUGHNESSY GIANT IN FIELD
ORWELL BROTHER-IN-LAW DIED AT DUNKIRK
ONE GEORGIE ORWELL LONDON MUSICAL
ORWELL LIVE AT GREENWICH
PRESTON HALL ORWELL ANIMAL FARM
ORWELL'S TB DOC O'SHAUGHNESSY
ORWELL THE FAMILY MAN
WINSTON DIARY BEGAN APRIL 4TH
HITCHENS NOT LIKE ORWELL
ORWELL'S FIRST WIFE'S GRAVE
WHAT WAS ORWELL'S SONIA LIKE?
ORWELL'S WIFE EILEEN'S GRAVE
SHAKESPEARE IN BRAVE NEW WORLD
ORWELL'S WIFE NAMED 1984
PILGRIMAGE TO ORWELL and VISITING ORWELL'S WALLINGTON and ORWELL'S LIFE IN WALLINGTON and VISITING ORWELL'S WEDDING CHURCH
HOMAGE TO ORWELL and ORWELL'S 77 PARLIAMENT HILL
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