SHOOTING AN ELEPHANT: And Other Essays. George Orwell.


New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1950. 1st American edition. Cloth. 1st American edition. A Very Good copy in Very Good dust jacket. 8vo, 200 pp. Bound in blue cloth in dust jacket. The dj, priced at $$2.75 has light chipping at top of spine. Dust jacket now protected in mylar sleeve. Very Good / Very Good. Item #24293

"The essay describes the experience of the English narrator, possibly Orwell himself, called upon to shoot an aggressive elephant while working as a police officer in Burma. Because the locals expect him to do the job, he does so against his better judgment, his anguish increased by the elephant's slow and painful death. The story is regarded as a metaphor for British imperialism, and for Orwell's view that "when the white man turns tyrant it is his own freedom that he destroys."" - Wikipedia.

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