Remembering George Orwell
1903, June 25. - 1950, January 21.


The Road to Wigan Pier.


"The only permanent lodgers were the Scotch miner, Mr Reilly, two old-age pensioners, and an unemployed man on the P.A.C. named Joe — he was the kind of person who has no surname. The Scotch miner was a bore when you got to know him. Like so many unemployed men he spent too much time reading newspapers, and if you did not head him off he would discourse for hours about such things as the Yellow Peril, trunk murders, astrology, and the conflict between religion and science. The old-age pensioners had, as usual, been driven from their homes by the Means Test. They handed their weekly ten shillings over to the Brookers and in return got the kind of accommodation you would expect for ten shillings; that is, a bed in the attic and meals chiefly of bread-and-butter."




Left:
De Weg naar Wigan
Dutch first edition. 1973.
Translation: Joop Waasdorp
Published by De Arbeiderspers, Amsterdam
Fenwick A.5.T1

Right, above.
The Road to Wigan Pier
Left Book Club Edition

English first edition. 1937
published by Victor Gollancz.
Fenwick A.5a

Right, under
The Road to Wigan Pier
USA first paperback edition. 1958
Harcourt Brace Jovanovich. Inc., New York.



Gerard Borst: George Orwell in Wigan en Wallington (text in Dutch)
published in Historisch Nieuwsblad
9e jaargang, nr. 1
February 2000.



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