Why Orwell Is the Supreme Mediocrity
A weekly reflection on a topical issue. Will Self takes on one of the nation's best-loved figures, George Orwell, and braces himself for the backlash!
Will Self takes on one of the nation's best loved figures, George Orwell.....and braces himself for the backlash! "Not Orwell, surely!" he hears the listeners cry.
He uses Orwell's essay "Politics and the English Language" to make his point. This - he says - is often seen as "a principled assault upon all the jargon, obfuscation, and pretentiously Frenchified folderol that deforms our noble tongue". That - in Self's view - couldn't be farther from the truth.
Describing Orwell as a "Supreme Mediocrity", Self gets to work.....
Producer: Adele Armstrong.
A Point of View: Why Orwell was a literary mediocrity