The works listed will allow your students to further explore the theme of the Potential
Dangers of Government and other themes related to 1984:
Atwood, Margaret. A Handmaid's Tale. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1986.
A horrifying novel set in the near future. Like 1984, it is both scathing satire
and dire warning. (average)
Burgess, Anthony. 1985. Boston: Little, Brown, 1978. This two-part "answer"
to Orwell's novel begins by revisiting 1984. The second half is Burgess's
own vision for a future whose darkness and despair rivals Orwell's work. (average)
Gibson, William. Neuromancer. New York: Ace Books, 1986. Gibson was
thinking of Orwell when, in 1984, he wrote this science fiction work that has been called
the first "cyberpunk" novel and that portrays some of the bleaker ways in which
technology may affect human nature in the future. (challenge)
Marx, Karl and Frederich Engels. The Communist Manifesto. 1948. The
seminal treatise that inspired a
century of political revolution. (average)
Crick, Bernard. George Orwell: A Life. Boston: Little, Brown, 1980.
"At times," writes this biographer,
"he almost literally cared for his writing more than his life." (challenge)
Kubal, David L. Outside the Whale: George Orwell's Art & Politics.
Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame
Press, 1972. A critical study that demonstrates the connection between Orwell's
political and artistic searches. (challenge)