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An essay by George Orwell expressing his opinions on the situation in wartime Britain. The title alludes to the heraldic supporters appearing in the full royal coat of arms of the United Kingdom. The essay was first published on 19 February 1941 as the first volume of a series edited by T. R. Fyvel and Orwell, in the Searchlight Books published by Secker & Warburg. It expressed his opinion that the outdated British class system was hampering the war effort, and that in order to defeat Nazi Germany, Britain needed a socialist revolution. Therefore, Orwell argued, being a socialist and being a…mehr

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An essay by George Orwell expressing his opinions on the situation in wartime Britain. The title alludes to the heraldic supporters appearing in the full royal coat of arms of the United Kingdom. The essay was first published on 19 February 1941 as the first volume of a series edited by T. R. Fyvel and Orwell, in the Searchlight Books published by Secker & Warburg. It expressed his opinion that the outdated British class system was hampering the war effort, and that in order to defeat Nazi Germany, Britain needed a socialist revolution. Therefore, Orwell argued, being a socialist and being a patriot were no longer antithetical, but complementary. As a result, "The Lion and the Unicorn" became an emblem of the revolution which would create a new kind of socialism, a democratic "English Socialism" in contrast to the oppressing Soviet totalitarian communism-and also a new form of Britishness, a socialist one liberated from Empire and the decadent old ruling classes.
Autorenporträt
ERIC ARTHUR BLAIR (1903-1950), pen name George Orwell, was an English novelist, essayist, journalist, and critic. After resigning from a position as an Imperial policeman in Burma, he worked as a teacher, a bookseller, and at a variety of menial jobs while he pursued writing. He was wounded fighting in the Spanish Civil War and worked as a journalist during World War II. The publication of Animal Farm brought him worldwide recognition. His last novel, 1984, was published less than a year before his sudden death at the age of forty-six.