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George Orwell, English author


 Early Life & Education


  Burma and the early novels 


 Spanish Civil War   


  World War II   


   Post War and death


Books, Audiobooks and Essays  

 Orwell's works on the internet


 Movies based on Orwell's works   


George Orwell Quotes



Eric Blair (George Orwell r) with his mother, Ida Mable,

sister Avril and father, Richard in 1916


George Orwell was one of the most important writers of the 20th century and his works have sold millions of copies . Despite his fame, Orwell was an very private man whose life was full of contradictions . Orwell's socialism found root in the Depression of the 1930s with early works such as Down and Out in Paris and The Road to Wigan Pier . Disillusionment followed after going to Spain to fight in the Spanish civil war and Homage to Catalonia shows his break with the orthodox left and became more politically isolated in the later years of his life as his works warned of the dangers of totalitarian thought and the end results of revolutionary ideals . He died of tuberculosis at the age of 46, six months after 1984 was published . Unfortunately, he was too ill to enjoy his fame and fortune to enjoy much benefit from it .


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Video and audio on George Orwell



 George Orwell: A Life in Pictures is a 2003 BBC Television docudrama telling

 the life story of the British author George Orwell. Chris Langham plays the

part of Orwell. No surviving sound recordings or video of the real

George Orwell have been found.


 All Art Is Propaganda: Christopher Hitchens on

George Orwell - George Packer Interview (2009)



 CBC radio, Canada, talks to Professor Jean Seaton, Director of the

Orwell Prize, about the Orwell Diaries blog. Richard Blair, George Orwell's

son, reads some extracts from the diaries.


George Orwell biography



 Christopher Hitchens author of Why Orwell Matters interviewed on NPR


Gordon Bowker's biography includes material which brings the writer's life into unfamiliar focus. Bowker writes revealingly about Orwell's family background, the lasting influence of Eton on his work and character, his superstitious streak and youthful flirtation with black magic, and his chaotic and reckless sex life, which included at least one homoerotic relationship. It highlights the strange circumstances of his first marriage and provides evidence of his experiences in Spain and their nightmarish consequences. It also offers a fresh look at his peculiar deathbed marriage to a woman 15 years his junior.







Early Life & Education



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