John E. Coombes


University of Essex

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Cycnos | Volume 11 n°2

Construction of poverty: around Orwell’s

“The difficulties of classifying1 Down and Out in Paris and London (1933) sets it apart from other writings with which it has often been compared. Clearly it is not an autobiography in the manner of The Autobiography of a Super-Tramp by W. H. Davies (who gave Orwell’s work a notably favourable review)2; nor is it reportage in the sense of The People of the Abyss by Jack London (to whom Orwell made frequent admiring references throughout the l930s)3. Down and Out...”

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