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Keep the Aspidistra Flying

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Despite hailing from a comfortable family background, budding poet Gordon Comstock decides to declare war on money and all the middle-class trappings that wealth can buy. Working in a small bookshop and living in a bedsit in London, he dreams of completing an ambitious poem in rhyme royal and devoting his life to literature. But when poverty begins to damage his self-esteem and taint his worldview, and his romantic and professional lives start falling apart, will Gordon be able to uphold his anti-money principles, or will he succumb to the lure of lucre and everything he stands against?

First published in 1936, Keep the Aspidistra Flying is the author's third novel, and one of his most outspoken works of social criticism. Partly autobiographical, it sits alongside Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four as a reminder of Orwell's lucid narrative style and his abilities as a politically and socially engaged writer.

About the author

Eric Arthur Blair (25 June 1903 - 21 January 1950), better known by his pen name George Orwell, was an English novelist and journalist, whose most famous works include the novella Animal Farm, and the classic dystopia 1984.


Part of Alma Classics Evergreens series, Keep the Aspidistra Flying is a tragically witty account of the struggle to escape from a materialistic existence. This edition is enriched by an extensive critical apparatus, notes and extra reading material.


First published in 1936, Keep the Aspidistra Flying was the author's third novel, and arguably his most outspoken work of social criticism. This new edition contains notes and extra material for students.

Product details

Authors George Orwell
Publisher Alma Books
Languages English
Product format Paperback
Released 31.08.2021
EAN 9781847498632
ISBN 978-1-84749-863-2
No. of pages 288
Series Alma Classics
Alma Classics Evergreens
Subjects Fiction > Narrative literature

FICTION / Literary

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