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The Lion and the Unicorn

(1962)
Socialism And the English Genius
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The Lion and the Unicorn: Socialism And The English Genius is a 1940 polemic essay by George Orwell. It expressed his opinions on the situation in wartime Britain. The title alludes to The Lion and the Unicorn, in heraldry. The content sheds some light on the process which eventually led Orwell to the writing of his famous dystopia, Nineteen Eighty-Four. It expressed his opinion that the outdated British class system was hampering the war effort, and that in order to defeat Hitler, Britain needed a socialist revolution. Therefore, Orwell argued, being a socialist and being a patriot were no longer antithetical, they became very much complementary. As a result, in Orwell's vision at the time, "The Lion and the Unicorn" would become the emblems of the revolution which would create a new kind of Socialism, a democratic "English Socialism" in contrast to the oppressing Soviet model - and also a new form of Englishness, a Socialist one free of oppressive colonial peoples and of the decadent old ruling classes. (Orwell specified that the revolutionary regime may keep on the royal family as a national symbol, though sweeping away all the rest of the British aristocracy).



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June 1976 : USA Hardback

Title: Lion and the Unicorn
Author(s): George Orwell
ISBN: 0-404-14691-0 / 978-0-404-14691-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ams Pr Inc
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December 1962 : UK Hardback
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Title: Lion and the Unicorn: Socialism and the English Genius
Author(s): George Orwell
ISBN: 0-436-35011-4 / 978-0-436-35011-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Martin Secker & Warburg Ltd
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May 2019 : Paperback
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Title: The Lion and the Unicorn
Author(s): George Orwell
ISBN: 1-07-039376-2 / 978-1-07-039376-6
Publisher: Independently published
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May 2019 : Paperback
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Title: The Lion and the Unicorn: Large Print
Author(s): George Orwell
ISBN: 1-07-039432-7 / 978-1-07-039432-9
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May 2019 : Paperback
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Title: The Lion and the Unicorn
Author(s): George Orwell
ISBN: 1-09-873102-6 / 978-1-09-873102-1
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May 2019 : Paperback
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Title: The Lion and the Unicorn: Large Print
Author(s): George Orwell
ISBN: 1-09-873150-6 / 978-1-09-873150-2
Publisher: Independently published
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January 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Lion and the Unicorn: Socialism and the English Genius (Penguin Modern Classics)
Author(s): George Orwell
ISBN: 0-241-31568-9 / 978-0-241-31568-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Classics
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April 1990 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Lion And the Unicorn: Socialism And the English Genius (Twentieth Century Classics S.)
Author(s): George Orwell
ISBN: 0-14-018237-3 / 978-0-14-018237-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Classics
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January 1982 : UK Mass Market Paperback
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Title: The Lion and the Unicorn: Socialism and the English Genius
Author(s): George Orwell
ISBN: 0-14-006327-7 / 978-0-14-006327-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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February 2019 : USA, Australia, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Lion and the Unicorn: Socialism and the English Genius
Author(s): George Orwell
Publisher: Reading Essentials
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January 2018 : Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Lion and the Unicorn: Socialism and the English Genius (Penguin Modern Classics)
Author(s): George Orwell
Publisher: Penguin
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