Sunday, May 4, 2008

George Orwell


George Orwell, from his real nam Eric Arthur Blair, was born in 1903 in India, where his father was a clerk for the British Crown. He arrived in England in 1903 with his mother, but his father would only join them in 1911. He obtained a scholarship to study in Eton, the most prestigious school in the Kingdom, where he'd stay until 1921. After all those years of study when he was a mediocre student, he became sergeant in the imperial police forces in Birmania. He came back in 1927 and declared himself enemy of the British Imperialism. He then became a revolutionary, and went to Spain during the war. When he came back in england, he hoped for a closing between noble and proletarian classes and wrote Homage to Catalonia to establish the truth about what the left-intellectuals said. En 1944, he finished Animal Farm which would be refused by several publishers before finally being published. Toward the end of the war, he wrote 1984, a parody of a totalitarian state. He died in 1950 of tuberculosis, in London. He was buried in Sutton Courtenay, in Oxfordshire.


Novels : Burmese Days (1934); A Clergyman's Daughter (1935); Keep the Aspidistra Flying (1936); Coming Up for Air (1939); Animal Farm (1945); Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949)

Books based on personal experiences : Down and out in London and Paris (1933); The Road to Wigan Pier (1937); Homage to Catalonia (1938)

He also wrote several essays and some poetry

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