Some of George Orwell’s most famous works are coming to online publishing platform Substack.
The Orwell Foundation plans to launch Orwell Daily, which will publish at least a portion of the author’s famous books and other writings as a free serial.
Orwell Daily begins on October 28 with his debut Down And Out In Paris And London, the author’s exposure on poverty in two of the world’s wealthiest cities.
In the following weeks, the substack will run snippets of around 1,000 to 1,500 words.
The director of the foundation, Jean Seaton, said: “We are here to honor and celebrate Orwell and to make people think of Orwell.”
George Orwell – Eric Arthur Blair’s pen name – is best known for his 1945 allegorical work Animal Farm and the dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, published in 1949, a year before his death.
Admirers often quote the British author when warning of the decline of democracy, but the foundation also wants to draw attention to his writings on homelessness in Down And Out In Paris And London, first published in 1933.
“It was his first real reportage,” Orwell’s son Richard Blair said in a statement released Friday.
“Orwell wanted to see what it was like to be in the gutter – what it was like to be seen as a ‘vagrant.’
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“There are a lot of little essays that you can extract, but they’re also terribly descriptive. It grabs you.
“And there’s also a certain amount of humor, which is important. He puts you right next to the people he wrote about.”
Jeremy Wikeley, the foundation’s project leader, says future serializations will be announced later this year.
Numerous works, old and new, have been serialized on Substack.
They range from Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein to contemporary publications like Anand Giridharadas’ The True American: Murder And Mystery In Texas.
Substack newsletters like Dracula Daily and Edgar Allan Poe Daily are dedicated solely to excerpts from a specific book or author.
The Orwell Foundation, which also maintains a substack newsletter of Orwell news and commentary, recently announced the Orwell Prize for reporting on homelessness.
The award is a partnership with the Center for Homelessness Impact and “celebrates the art of evidence-based storytelling, rigorous inquiry and innovative policy reporting,” according to the foundation.
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