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"Nineteen Eighty-Four (1 9 8 4)"
1949 Novel & Movies Page

poster of Big Brother from a movie of '1984'          synopsis & history

the book

the author

movies, plays, other media

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         cover from Signet paperback edition of '1984' novel         

“Who controls the present controls the past. Who controls the past controls the future.”
(in the 1949 novel "Nineteen Eighty-Four")

“In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”

“If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.”

“The great enemy of clear language is insincerity.”

signature of Eric Blair as George Orwell

"You can't really write a '1984' for our times, because '1984' is still the '1984' of our times."
— Lev Grossman, TIME Magazine critic, October 2013


           Days after

History of The Book & Movies
           Days after
1949 June 8: Publication of George Orwell's classic novel "1984"
sales of Orwell's '1984' increased as details of the N.S.A. scandal emerged (per ABC News, June 2013)

Following Trump White House advisor Kellyanne Conway's insistence that 'alternative facts' were a real thing, sales of George Orwell's 1949 novel "Nineteen Eighty-Four" shot up 9,500%, quickly becoming an international best-seller on Amazon.

The  Book

"Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984): A Novel"
by George Orwell [1903-50]
published by Secker & Warburg, London on 8 June 1949

  listed #22 on 'The 100 Books of the Century' poll conducted by France's Le Monde newspaper in 1999  BLUE CHECK: listed #21 on U.K. Telegraph Best 100 Novels (8/2014)  RED CHECK: listed on Time Magazine's All-TIME 100 Novels (10/2005)  GREEN CHECK: listed #4 on Goodread Readers Picks '100 Books To Read In A Lifetime'  BLACK CHECK: listed on Amazon's '100 Books To Read In A Lifetime'  GOLD STAR: listed on Business Insider's The 35 Books Everyone Should Read At Least Once In Their Lifetime, 9/2013  novel entry at Wikipedia
Listed #6 on Modern Library's 1998 Reader Poll for the best novels published in the English language since 1900.

Winston Smith endures a squalid existence as a clerk in a bureaucracy of the totalitarian superstate of Oceania,
where everyone is under the constant surveillance of the Thought Police.

Nineteen Eighty-Four 1949 novel by George Orwell [1903-50]   Kindle Edition from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt [9/2013] for $5.68
Signet/NAL mass pb [1961] for $5.98
Plume Centennial Edition 7¾x5¼ pb [5/2003] for $13.04
Plume 8x5¼ pb [4/83] for $9.04
Everyman's Library 8x5 hardcover [11/92] for $11.86

"Nineteen Eighty-Four: The Facsimile Manuscript" [Secker and Warburg, 1984] Edited by Peter Davison ISBN 0-436-35022-X

"Nineteen Eighty-Four" Centennial Edition [Plume 2003] ISBN 0-452-28423-6
Foreword by Thomas Pynchon, Afterword by Erich Fromm

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History,  Sequels  &  Criticism

"We" by Yevgeny Zamyatin [1921]
The grandfather of the modern dystopian novel and the inspiration for "1984" describes a future society, under the rule of The Benefactor, whose every moment
is accounted for. All characters are numbers, and everything from when they sleep to who they sleep with is mapped out by OneState. Yet, one man begins to question
all that he believes, due to a chance encounter with a unique and frustrating woman.

"George Orwell and The Origins of 1984" [Univ Michigan Press 1975] by William R. Steinhoff ISBN 0-472-87400-4

"Who's Afraid of 1984?: The Case For Optimism In Looking Ahead To The 1980s" [Arlington House Publrs 1975]
by Jerome Tuccille ISBN 0-87000-308-9

"1985: A Novel" [1978] by Anthony Burgess

"Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four: Text, Sources, Criticism" [Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1982]
by Irving Howe ISBN 0-15-565811-5

"1985: What Happens After Big Brother Dies" sequel novel [1983] by György Dalos
ISBN 978-0-394-53780-1

"Nineteen Eighty-Four in 1984: Autonomy, Control, and Communication" [Comedia Pub. Group, London 1983]
Edited by Crispin Aubrey & Paul Chilton ISBN 0-906890-42-X

"1984 Revisited: Totalitarianism in Our Century" [Harper & Row 1983] Edited by Irving Howe ISBN 0-06-080660-5

"The Larger Evils – Nineteen Eighty-Four: The Truth Behind The Satire"
[Canongate Press 1992] by W.J. West ISBN 0-86241-382-6

The  Author
Eric Arthur Blair was born in British India in 1903; he adopted the pen name 'George Orwell' in 1933, and is most famous for "Animal Farm"
[1945 novel]
and "Nineteen Eighty-Four" [1949 novel]; Blair/Orwell died of tuberculosis in London, England in January 1950.

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George Orwell Quotations Page at Working Minds Philosophy website

Movies,  Stageplays,  Other Media

graphic version of "1984" [started in 2004] with early chapters online

1984 (1949 radio programme), broadcast on NBC University Theater, with David Niven as Winston Smith

"1984: George Orwell's Big Brother" [N.B.C. Radio broadcast 26 April 1953]
episode of "The United States Steel Hour" starring Richard Widmark

"1984" [BBC Radio 4 2013]
2-part radio adaptation by Jonathan Holloway with Christopher Eccleston, Pippa Nixon & Tim Pigott-Smith


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nineteen_Eighty-Four_(TV_programme) [Dec 1954]

1984, the 1956 film http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1984_(1956_film)

"1 9 8 4" [Virgin Films Oct 1984]
Nineteen Eighty-Four 1984 movie directed by Michael Radford  Written & directed by Michael Radford, based on Orwell's novel; starring John Hurt, Richard Burton {final film}, Suzanna Hamilton, Cyril Cusack, Gregor Fisher & James Walker
M.G.M. Video widescreen color DVD [3/2003] out of prodn/many used
Polygram Video color VHS [2/97] out of prodn/used
E.M.I. Import soundtrack CD [12/84] 9 tracks on 2 disks for $10.98
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia

"Four Episodes From 1984" [indep July 1985] /tt3437568/
29-minute short, eight scenes from an original screenplay written & directed by Marshall Peterson

"1 9 8 4" [Imagine/Universal in development?]   
Announced 6/2012: Imagine Entertainment assigned the adaptation of George Orwell’s dystopian classic
"Nineteen Eighty-Four" to producer-writer Noah Oppenheim • latest info at IMDb

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"Diamond Dogs" [1974] concept album by David Bowie

"1984" solo concept album [1981] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1984_(Rick_Wakeman_album)

"1984" concept album [1981] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1984_(Anthony_Phillips_album)

"1984" concept album [1984] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1984_(Van_Halen_album)

"1984 (For The Love of Big Brother)" [1984] by The Eurythmics
Side 1: I Did it Just the Same; Sexcrime (Nineteen Eighty-Four); For the Love of Big Brother; Winston's Diary;
Greetings From a Dead Man. Side 2: Julia; Doubleplusgood; Ministry of Love; Room 101

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"1984: The Opera" [2005]
official websiteWikipedia

"1984" (Oberon Modern Plays) by Matthew Dunster and George Orwell (Aug 28, 2012)

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"1984 by George Orwell" stageplay
poster for "1984" stageplay in London 2014  playscript for "1984" British stageplay by Robert Icke & Duncan Macmillan  "A new [2013] adaptation created by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan", in conjunction with Nottingham Playhouse and Headlong Theatre Company; performed at West End’s Playhouse Theatre, London UK in April & May 2014; performed at York's Theatre Royal [est. 1744] in September 2014
Kindle Edition from Oberon Books [10/2013] for $8.55
Oberon Modern Plays 8x5 pb [9/2014] for $17.05
poster for "1984" stageplay from London performed in Santa Monica Jan-Feb 2016  U.S. debut performance by the British company in Jan-Feb 2016 at The Eli & Edythe Broad Stage [est. 2008] at Santa Monica College in California

poster for 2017 Broadway stageplay of '1984'  A 'new staging' of the play co-written and co-directed by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan; again starring Tom Sturridge as Winston Smith; also starring Olivia Wilde {Broadway debut} as his illegal love interest Julia & Reed Birney as O'Brien; previews in London were shocking, 38 previews on Broadway, official opening at Broadway’s Hudson Theatre in June 2017. The play was revised 'to reflect the times' (i.e. Trump & the reality of fascism in America) and several scenes of torture are loudly amped with strobe lighting and horrific sound effects, such that London audience members regularly fainted and screamed and even vomited. (The producers were mock-surprised that audience members did not believe the prominent 'trigger warnings' in the theater lobby and in the paper program handouts.)
Oberon or Samuel French playscripts are not yet available • official website

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On 1984 - Quotes for the Orwellian Future Happening Today book edited by James Daley  "On 1984: Quotes For The Orwellian Future Happening Today" [2017]
Edited by James Daley

America is drastically divided and starting to resemble George Orwell’s portrayal of a totalitarian state in his iconic novel "1984"; the editor has selected hundreds of alarmingly relevant quotes by notable people of the past and present, including Martin Luther King Jr., Abraham Lincoln, Che Guevara, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump, and George Orwell himself.
Racehorse Publng 7¼x5¼ hardcover [5/2017] for $8.92

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        still relevant 65 years later: 'Ziggy' cartoon panel of 22 December 2015

L i n k s
"1984" novel entry at Wikipedia
Spirit of America Bookstore's George Orwell [1903-50] Page

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