ONLINE CLASS: George and Eileen: Finding Mrs. Orwell (2413)

Note New Dates: Two Sundays: April 28 and May 5 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET Online

$80.00 per person (10% off for Members)

Close Reading and Discussion. This live class will be recorded and available for later viewing.

Eileen O’Shaughnessy, a college graduate and writer, married George Orwell (Eric Blair) in 1936, and shortly thereafter he left for the burgeoning conflict in Spain. Though Eileen followed him there, Orwell makes little mention of her in his now-famous Homage to Catalonia. Anna Funder takes this omission as a challenge and blends feminist social commentary, historical investigation, and imagination into a powerful account of a compelling woman and the Orwells’ complex relationship. This class will explore both George Orwell’s own version of his time in Spain and Funder’s investigations, combining short lectures on the Spanish Civil War with close readings of both books, plus class discussions of the themes raised in each.

Note New Dates: Two Sundays: April 28 and May 5 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET Online

Required Texts:

Homage to Catalonia, by George Orwell (9780544382046)

Wifedom: Mrs. Orwell’s Invisible Life, by Anna Funder (9780593320686)

Reading Schedule:

Please read Homage to Catalonia by April 28th, and Wifedom by May 5th.

Carrie Callaghan is the author of two historical novels, A Light of Her Own and Salt the Snow, the latter of which takes place, in part, during the Spanish Civil War. She has written and read extensively on the war, including during her graduate program at Johns Hopkins University.

REFUND POLICY: Please note that we can issue class refunds up until seven (7) days before the first class session.

SKU: 9787000012714
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Homage To Catalonia By George Orwell Cover Image
ISBN: 9780544382046
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Mariner Books Classics - May 19th, 2015

Wifedom: Mrs. Orwell's Invisible Life By Anna Funder Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593320686
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Published: Knopf - August 22nd, 2023