Inside the Whale and Other Essays
|Publisher||Victor Gollancz Ltd.|
|11 March 1940|
|Preceded by||Coming Up for Air|
|Followed by||Animal Farm|
Inside the Whale was published by Victor Gollancz as a book of essays on 11 March 1940. Orwell refers to it as a "book" in part three of the essay. ("While I have been writing this book another European war has broken out."), as well as in letters he wrote to Geoffrey Gorer and Humphry House, an English scholar, the following month. Gollancz initially printed 1,100 copies in March 1940, with some copies destroyed by Nazi bombing of England.
A collection of essays with the same title was published in 1962 in the UK by Penguin Books. This edition was a reprint of an earlier collection entitled "Selected Essays" published in 1957. The collection contains the following essays:
- "Inside the Whale"
- "Down the Mine" (a passage from The Road to Wigan Pier)
- "England Your England"
- "Shooting an Elephant"
- "Lear, Tolstoy and the Fool"
- "Politics vs. Literature: An Examination of Gulliver's Travels"
- "Politics and the English Language"
- "The Prevention of Literature"
- "Boys' Weeklies"
- The Collected Essays, Journalism and Letters of George Orwell Vol. 1 - 165 & 166
- George Orwell Inside the Whale and Other Essays 1962 Penguin Books