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Originally published on June 8, 1949, George Orwell’s 1984 is a dystopian masterpiece of tremendous influence and enduring relevance. Orwell’s nightmare vision for 1984 is of a totalitarian world dominated by Big Brother and the Thought Police, which persecute independent thinking. Orwell’s world is one in which the news is manufactured by the authorities, no one is free, and individuality is obsolete.
1984 was the ninth and final book George Orwell completed in his lifetime. Parallels have been drawn between its subject matter and real-life instances of totalitarianism, communism, mass surveillance, and violations of freedom of expression. The novel uses several terms that have entered common usage in the English language including Big Brother, doublethink and thoughtcrime.
American literary critic Lionel Trilling said of Orwell’s classic, “1984 is a profound, terrifying, and wholly fascinating book. It is a fantasy of the political future, and like any such fantasy, serves its author as a magnifying device for an examination of the present.”
The novel has been included in Time magazine’s 100 Best English-Language Novels, the Modern Library’s 100 Best Novels, and on the BBC’s list of the 100 Most Influential Novels. On January 25, 2017, the book broke new ground when it suddenly appeared at the #1 spot on Amazon’s bestseller list, an unheard-of occurrence for a book published 68 years prior.
Though the year 1984 now exists in the past, Orwell’s novel remains an urgent call to become aware of the assaults on our personal freedoms, and to defend humankind’s most precious right: the freedom to have our own thoughts.
The fine press limited artist gift edition of 1984 by George Orwell measures 6” x 9” and features seventeen full color illustrations by Hugo Award-winning artist Jim Burns as well as an introduction by New York Times bestselling author Joe Hill.
The Artist Gift edition is limited to 1000 copies and features a foil stamped dust jacket. It is a full cloth Smyth sewn binding with two-hits foil stamping over cloth boards. It is the only edition of the three with the dust jacket. The book is printed offset, and is housed in a unique die cut silver paper covered slipcase. The edition is signed by Jim Burns.
George Orwell (1903–1950) was born in India and served with the Imperial Police in Burma before joining the Republican Army in the Spanish Civil War. Orwell was the author of six novels as well as numerous essays and nonfiction works.
Joe Hill is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Fireman, Strange Weather, Full Throttle, and others. With artist Gabriel Rodriguez, he created the world of Locke & Key, now a hit Netflix series. Many of his other stories have also been adapted for film and television. He lives in New England.
Jim Burns has produced hundreds of paintings during his almost half century career. Currently he spends most of his time creating his own personal work and also painting for private commissions. Burns has won three Hugo Awards, 14 BSFA Awards and a Chesley Lifetime Achievement Award. He lives in England’s West Country in the Wiltshire County Town of Trowbridge.
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