George Orwell

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George Orwell
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Born 25th June 1903 in India ­ Died 21 January 1950 (aged 46)
Born as Eric Arthur Blair, but is known by his pen name ­ George Orwell.
An English novelist/journalist. Wrote literary criticism, poetry, fiction and
polemical journalism.
Born into a wealthy family.
Won a scholarship to Eton. (May 1917- December 1921)
Felt a sense of guilt due to the sacrifices his family made in order to send him to Eton.
Was often sick as a child with things such as flu and bronchitis.
Described himself and upper lower middle class.
After Eton his family did not have the funds to afford to pay for him to go to university.
Joined the India Imperial Police Force in 1922.
Returned to England in 1927 in hopes of starting his writing career.
Moved to Paris in 1928.
Wrote his first major work in 1933 ­ Down and Out in Paris and London, which explored his
time living in these cities.
The book was published under the name George Orwell, not looking to embarrass his family.
During this time he took on jobs such as a dishwasher, which was considered one of the
worse jobs.
Orwell explored his overseas experiences in a book called Burmese Days ­ 1934.
In 1937 Orwell travelled to Spain and took part in the civil war ­ at one point getting shot in
both the arm and throat.
Officially diagnosed with tuberculosis in 1938.
Became a producer of the BBC in 1941.
Orwell is best known for his two works, Nineteen Eighty-Four and Animal Farm.
1934 - Burmese Days
1935 - A Clergyman's Daughter
1936 - Keep the Aspidistra Flying
1939 - Coming Up for Air
1945 - Animal Farm
1949 - Nineteen Eighty-Four
Other Books
1933 - Down and Out in Paris and London
1937 - The Road to Wigan Pier
1938 - Homage to Catalonia

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