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George Orwell, English author


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 .


Video and audio on George Orwell


George Orwell: A life in pictures BBC

1984 trailer

The real room 101


The Orwell Diaries. Report about how George Orwell's diaries will be put online.

Orwell Biography

Christopher Hitchens author of Why Orwell Matters interviewed on NPR


Audio lecture by Jean Seaton

Jean Seaton is Professor of Media History at he University of Westminster ; and the Official Historian of the BBC. She is the Director of the Orwell Prize

The Spanish Civil War: Battleground for idealists


Background of Animal Farm






Gordon Bowker's biography,
written to coincide with Orwell's centenary, 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

Gordon Bowker Orwell biography

In all his complex contradictions, Orwell comes to energetic life




1984 film

(1984 version)

Richard Burton's last movie





(1954 version)


 Why Orwell Matters


 Cool Orwell

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1984 soundtrack of George Orwell's 1984

1984 soundtrack






early life






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