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The Best George Orwell Books

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List RulesVote for the George Orwell novels you just couldn't put down. If you haven't read a book, don't downvote it.

List of the best George Orwell books, ranked by voracious readers in the Ranker community. With commercial success and critical acclaim, there's no doubt that George Orwell is one of the most popular authors of the last 100 years. There's no doubt that Orwell is one of the best English writers of the 20th century, and possibly all time. His allegories, works of fiction, and essays continue to influence politics in the modern era. If you're a huge fan of his work, then vote on your favorite novels below and make your opinion count. This poll is also a great resource for new fans of George Orwell who want to know which novels they should start reading first. With memorable characters and excellent storytelling, there's no reason why you shouldn't check out his work if you're a big reader.

Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four are included on this list. What are George Orwell's best novels? Vote on this list and help us definitively answer that question.
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    Nineteen Eighty-Four is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best George Orwell Books
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    First Published1949-06-08

    SubjectsBrainwashing, Literature, Classics, English Language, English Literature

    Genres (Book)Utopian and dystopian fiction, Social science fiction, Political fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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    #48 of 103 The Best Selling Books of All Time#9 of 171 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Having Read

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    Animal Farm is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best George Orwell Books
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    Animal Farm

    George Orwell

    First Published1945-08-17

    SubjectsMonarch, Literary, Literature, Classics, Drama

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Roman à clef, Satire, Children's literature, Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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    #43 of 1,233 The Best Novels Ever Written#2 of 331 The Top Must-Read Books of All Time

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    Down and Out in Paris and Lond is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best George Orwell Books

    First Published1933-01-09

    SubjectsLiterary, Literature, France, Classics, Poverty

    Genres (Book)Non-fiction, Autobiographical novel, Fiction, Autobiography, Memoir

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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    Why I Write is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best George Orwell Books
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    Why I Write

    George Orwell

    First Published1946

    SubjectsLiterature, Writing, Classics, George Orwell

    Genres (Book)Non-fiction, Essay

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    Keep the Aspidistra Flying is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best George Orwell Books

    First Published1936

    SubjectsLiterature, Standard of living, Classics, Social status, London

    Genres (Book)Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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    Inside the Whale and Other Ess is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best George Orwell Books

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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    Burmese Days is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best George Orwell Books
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    Burmese Days

    George Orwell

    First Published1934-10

    SubjectsLiterary, Literature, Classics

    Genres (Book)Fiction, Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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    Homage to Catalonia is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best George Orwell Books
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    Homage to Catalonia

    George Orwell

    First Published1938-04-25

    SubjectsEurope, Spanish Civil War, Portugal, Anarchism, Fascism

    Genres (Book)Non-fiction, Politics, Biography, Autobiography

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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    Coming Up for Air is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best George Orwell Books
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    Coming Up for Air

    George Orwell

    First Published1939

    SubjectsLiterature, Classics, Culture of England, England

    Genres (Book)Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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    The Road to Wigan Pier is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best George Orwell Books
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    First Published1937-03-08

    SubjectsSocial science, Socialism, Economic history, Working class, Poverty

    Genres (Book)Autobiography

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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    A Clergyman's Daughter is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best George Orwell Books
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    First Published1935

    Genres (Book)Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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