“The Lion and the Unicorn – Socialism and the English Genius” is a 1941 essay by English writer George Orwell. Within it, Orwell explores the subject of English life and puts forth his thoughts on how to make the country a better place for all strata of society. Many of his ideas draw their inspiration from his personal experiences living on the streets of both Paris and London, as well as his familiarity with life in the industrial north. A fascinating essay by one of the greatest 20th century British writers that will appeal to those with a keen interest in sociology and politics. Contents include: “England Your England”, “Shopkeepers at War”, and “The English Revolution”. Eric Arthur Blair (1903–1950), more commonly known by his pen name George Orwell, was an English journalist, essayist, critic, and novelist most famous for his novel “Nineteen Eighty-Four” (1949) and allegorical novella “Animal Farm” (1945). His work is characterised by an opposition to totalitarianism and biting social commentary, and remains influential in popular culture today. Many of his neologisms have forever entered the English language, including “Thought Police”, “Big Brother”, “Room 101”, “doublethink”, “thoughtcrime”, and “Newspeak” to name but a few. Other notable works by this author include: “Keep the Aspidistra Flying” (1936) and “Coming Up for Air” (1939). Read & Co. Great Essays is proudly republishing this classic essay now in a brand new edition complete with the introductory essay ‘Notes on Nationalism’.