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UT Humanities Center Public Books Circle – The Ministry of Truth

Join our Public Books Circle book discussion led by English professor Martin Griffin on Dorian Lynskey’s The Ministry of Truth: The Biography of George Orwell's 1984. Published in 2019, The Ministry of Truth is an engaging combination of cultural history and author biography. Setting the scene with an account of the final years of Orwell’s life and following the career of that last, most famous book, The Ministry of Truth explores the roots of 1984 in a longer history of utopian and dystopian fiction. Lynskey shows the enduring power and relevance of Orwell’s novel since its publication in 1949, and the ways in which one’s response to 1984 often says more about the political assumptions the reader harbors than about the ideas Orwell himself may have wanted to communicate. Long established as a modern British classic, 1984 continues to find an audience ready to question and disturb fixed ideological positions and beliefs about state authority, citizens’ rights, and the nature of political power.

Dorian Lynskey is a British author and journalist who has written extensively on music, television, and politics for a wide range of publications in the UK and United States. He is the author of 33 Revolutions Per Minute: A History of Protest Songs (2011).

How It Works

Our Public Books Circle meets online one Wednesday a month and is free and open to the public. Each of our sessions is led by a UT professor, and everyone is welcome to add their voice to the discussion!

  • Register for the book discussion meeting by clicking on the registration link below (you'll be sent a confirmation email with your own unique link to the discussion)
  • Buy a copy of the book (Union Ave Books in downtown Knoxville will be happy to handle your order
  • Read, enjoy, and join the book discussion online on the date of the event!

Martin Griffin is an associate professor in the Department of English at the University of Tennessee. He is the author of Ashes of the Mind: War and Memory in Northern Literature, 1865-1900 and his most recent book is an edited essay collection (with Christopher Hebert) entitled Stories of Nation: Fictions, Politics, and the American Experience. He is fascinated by the interactions of narrative and drama with the surrounding political culture and is working on a book about the espionage novel in the modern era.

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Wednesday, September 8, 2021 at 7:00pm to 8:00pm

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Humanities & Social Sciences


Current Students, Faculty & Staff, Alumni, General Public


Classics, English, History, Humanities Center, Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures (MFLL), Philosophy, Religious Studies


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