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Eric Arthur Blair (George Orwell) was born in 1903 in India, where his father worked for the Civil Service. The family moved to England in 1907 and in 1917 Orwell entered Eton, where he contributed regularly to the various college magazines. From 1922 to 1927 he served with the Indian Imperial Police in Burma, an experience that inspired his first novel, Burmese Days (1934). Several years of poverty followed. He lived in Paris for two years before returning to England, where he worked successively as a private tutor, schoolteacher and bookshop assistant, and contributed reviews and articles to a number of periodicals. Down and Out in Paris and London was published in 1933. In 1936 he was commissioned by Victor Gollancz to visit areas of mass unemployment in Lancashire and Yorkshire, and The Road to Wigan Pier (1937) is a powerful description of the poverty he saw there. At the end of 1936 Orwell went to Spain to fight for the Republicans and was wounded. Homage to Catalonia is his account of the civil war. He was admitted to a sanatorium in 1938 and from then on was never fully fit. He spent six months in Morocco and there wrote Coming Up for Air. During the Second World War he served in the Home Guard and worked for the BBC Eastern Service from 1941 to 1943. As literary editor of the Tribune he contributed a regular page of political and literary commentary, and he also wrote for the Observer and later for the Manchester Evening News. His unique political allegory, Animal Farm was published in 1945, and it was this novel, together with Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949), which brought him world-wide fame.
George Orwell died in London in January 1950.
You have to read it to find out what being a plongeur was really like for Orwell. The insight into the lives of poor working class men is shocking.Published 1 month ago by Tony
Fantastic book! Recommended reading for everyone. Good edition as well.Published 1 month ago by Miguel Costa Matos
A surprising discovery, and read in one sitting, it was a very sobering experience. Nonetheless, Orwell paints a superb picture of the simple honesty and humility of those he... Read morePublished 1 month ago by RealWorldMusician
Orwell dissecting the life of the huddled masses, brilliant, insightful and thought provoking.Published 2 months ago by Imogen Mann
One of my favourite books . I urge evergone to buy , or borrow, this tome .A great and descriptive account of Orwell's experiences as a hotel worker in Paris and his life amongst... Read morePublished 2 months ago by chunky monkey