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George Orwell
Eric Arthur Blair who used the pen name George Orwell, was an English novelist, essayist, journalist and critic. His work is marked by lucid prose, awareness of social injustice, opposition to totalitarianism, and commitment to democratic socialism. Commonly ranked as one of the most influential... show more
Eric Arthur Blair who used the pen name George Orwell, was an English novelist, essayist, journalist and critic. His work is marked by lucid prose, awareness of social injustice, opposition to totalitarianism, and commitment to democratic socialism.
Commonly ranked as one of the most influential English writers of the 20th century, and as one of the most important chroniclers of English culture of his generation, Orwell wrote literary criticism, poetry, fiction, and polemical journalism. He is best known for the dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949) and the allegorical novella Animal Farm (1945). His book Homage to Catalonia (1938), an account of his experiences in the Spanish Civil War, is widely acclaimed, as are his numerous essays on politics, literature, language, and culture. In 2008, The Times ranked him second on a list of "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945".

Orwell's work continues to influence popular and political culture, and the term Orwellian — descriptive of totalitarian or authoritarian social practices — has entered the language together with several of his neologisms, including cold war, Big Brother, thought police, Room 101, doublethink, and thoughtcrime.
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Birth date: 25-06-1903
Died: 21-01-1950
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Living an Enriched Life
Living an Enriched Life rated it 1 week ago
Big brother is watching you. Big brother knows of every move that you make, Big brother knows of every step that you take, Big Brother knows every single thing that you do, because you have no right to privacy. What a world to live in, huh? We are getting close to that world with every single day be...
Mary's Books
Mary's Books rated it 2 months ago
So prophetic. TVs that can watch you, books being banned and no thinking allowed. I remember reading the book back in high school (a classmate had had to read the book and when the year ended many books were thrown into the trash - I rescued them) and I was not a fan of sci-fi at the time. I still a...
Book Thoughts
Book Thoughts rated it 3 months ago
This was my first non-fiction read of George Orwell. He is an outstanding writer with a clear style. The main essay in this book looks at the character of English people and English society during the time of World War II. I have read quite a bit about World War II, but the insights from a key co...
Sheila's Reads
Sheila's Reads rated it 8 months ago
This may be more timely then when it was written. Winston Smith is not following the Party's rhetoric. He is thinking and realizes he has other memories and thoughts than what the Party wants good Party members to have. He finally sees a way to rebel but the Party gets to him. There is so much ...
Musings/Träumereien/Devaneios
Musings/Träumereien/Devaneios rated it 8 months ago
Do you think it matters greatly that Orwell may have plagearised a good portion of "Nineteen Eighty-Four" because of the significance of the novel? Funny how soon this novel has passed the 60 years mark and we're just now "finding this all out". In our world - the age of the internet, it seems these...
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