After having been approached by Lehmann to contribute a piece to the periodical, George Orwell developed a "sketch" he had had in mind for some time, and which appeared as "Shooting an Elephant", first published in the second number of the periodical, in Autumn 1936. A second piece by Orwell, "Marrakech", appeared in the Christmas 1939 edition.
Penguin New Writing
With New Writing's future uncertain, Lehmann wrote New Writing in Europe for Pelican Books, a critical summary of the writers of the 1930s. Wintringham reintroduced Lehmann to Allen Lane of Penguin Books, who secured paper for Penguin New Writing, a monthly book-magazine, this time as a paperback, and which survived until 1950.
- The Collected Essays, Journalism and Letters of George Orwell, Volume 1 – An Age Like This 1939–1940, p. 250. Penguin
- "John Lehmann" Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved 28 December 2013.
- Lehmann, John Folios of New Writing, Issue 1, p. 9. Hogarth Press, 1940 At Google Books. Retrieved 23 December 2013.
- Orwell and Politics. Penguin UK, 2001 At Google Books. Retrieved 23 December 2013.
- The Collected Essays, Journalism and Letters of George Orwell, Volume 1 – An Age Like This 1939–1940, p. 426. Penguin