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George Orwell

George Orwell, 1903-1950

Lived in: Occasionally resided with a friend in 1B Oakwood Road.

Profession: Novelist

About his life:
  • Born Eric Arthur Blair, his pen name  George Orwell was inspired by the River Orwell in Suffolk.
  • Served as an imperial officer in British Burma, inspiring him to write his Burmese Days (1934).
  • Critically acclaimed for Animal Farm (1945) and Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949).
  •  Nineteen Eighty-Four,  a critique of totalitarianism, created the political term “Orwellian”, refering to excessive state surveillance and oppression.
  •  An outspoken democratic socialist, joined the Independent Labour Party in 1938.

George Orwell
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