George Orwell: A Clergyman's Daughter (1716 words)


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Written in 1935, A Clergyman’s Daughter was Orwell’s third published book and his second novel. Orwell remained implacably and enduringly critical of A Clergyman’s Daughter, stating in 1946, when comparing the novel unfavourably with Keep the Aspidistra Flying,

There is an even worse one called A Clergyman’s Daughter. This was written simply as an exercise and I oughtn’t to have published it, but I was desperate for money, ditto when I wrote Keep the A. At that time I simply hadn’t a book in me, but I was half starved and had to turn out something to bring in £100 or so. (CEJL 4: 241)

The plot of A Clergyman’s Daughter centres on the …

Citation: Williams, Nigel. "A Clergyman's Daughter". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 18 April 2013 [, accessed 07 May 2021.]

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