The year 2003 was the 100th anniversary of the birth of George Orwell, one of the most influential authors of the twentieth century. Orwell's books are assigned today in over 60,000 classrooms annually. In this book, essays by prominent writers and scholars explain why his impact continues in a world much changed from his own. The essays explore new aspects of Orwell's life and work and his continuing relevance for the interpretation of modern social, political, and cultural affairs. Thematic topics include: the use and abuse of 1984; ideas, ideologues, and intellectuals; biography and autobiography; literary and stylistic analyses; and the reception of Orwell's work abroad. The volume is an ideal secondary source for those who continue to be influenced by Orwell's insights and for teachers of Orwell's work.
Bane, the villain who broke Batman?s back in KNIGHTFALL, steps out of the shadows and into the spotlight in this new collection of classic stories! First, discover Bane?s origin story in an epic that leads from a hellish South American prison to the streets of Gotham City, as Bane?s obsession with destroying Batman begins. Then, on a quest to learn the identity of his own father, Bane crosses paths with one of Batman?s greatest foes: Ra?s al Ghul, the immortal Demon?s Head, who attempts to recruit Bane in his plans for world domination.