Orwell 1984

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1984 by George Orwell:

Biographical Primer for 1984 A lecture by Jason E. Mazzella 1984 by George Orwell

Blair was Orwell:

Assumed the name George Orwell because he thought it smacked too much of British Aristocracy Blair was Orwell Eric Arthur Blair (25 June 1903 – 21 January 1950) Attended Eton College, a prestigious independent school for boys 13-18 Following Eton College he joined the Imperial Indian Police Service in 1922 Stationed at Moulmein, in Burma from 1924-27 His Burma police experience yielded the novel Burmese Days (1934) and the essays "A Hanging" (1931) and "Shooting an Elephant" (1936 )

Following his recovery from Burma he "went native" in his own country:

IN 1936 ORWELL’S LIFE STARTS TO GET INTERESTING Following his recovery from Burma he "went native" in his own country Orwell Slums It he recorded his experiences of the low life for later use in "The Spike", his first published essay, and his first book, Down and Out in Paris and London (1933 ) In the spring of 1928, he moved to Paris He fell seriously ill in 1929 and was taken to a free hospital (the basis of his essay “How the Poor Die”), and shortly afterwards had all his money stolen 1929-36: Orwell returns home, teaches a little, takes some part time jobs here and there, and works Heavily on publication

In Early 1936 Orwell began research concerning the living and working conditions in English mining towns:

In Early 1936 Orwell began research concerning the living and working conditions in English mining towns because of his social investigations into Lancashire and Yorkshire mines, Orwell was placed under surveillance by the Special Branch for 12 years INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING: THE ROAD TO WIGAN PIER

Orwell—No Joke:

The Spanish Civil War 1936-1939 Orwell—No Joke Exploits include: chasing an enemy soldier with a bayonet and bombing an enemy rifle position He was wounded in the throat by a sniper's bullet Orwell and his wife had to escaped from Spain In 1938 Orwell published Homage to Catalonia a personal account of his experiences and observations in the Spanish Civil War . He gets involved in the Spanish Civil War In 1937 Orwell arrived home and faced a deposition presented to the Tribunal for Espionage & High Treason, charging him with “rabid Trotskyism”

Orwell and WWII:

Orwell and WWII Orwell was declared "unfit for any kind of military service“ at the start of WWII in 1939 become involved in war activities by joining the Home Guard Dealt directly with the effects of the blitz on East London Orwell joined "digging for victory" where he planted potatoes In August 1941, Orwell obtained full time "war work" with the BBC's Eastern Service In June of 1944 a V-1 flying bomb landed on the Orwell home

Animal Farm & 1984:

Animal Farm: A Fairy Story was published in Britain in 1945 , and a year later in the U.S. Animal Farm & 1984 Animal Farm struck a particular resonance in the post-war climate and its worldwide success made Orwell a sought-after figure. During World War II Orwell believed that British democracy would not survive the war, the question being "Would it end via Fascist coup d'état (from above) or via Socialist revolution (from below)?"


1984 Orwell explained that the serious works he wrote following the Spanish Civil War were "written, directly or indirectly, against totalitarianism and for democratic socialism ". 1984 is a cautionary tale about revolution betrayed by totalitarian defenders previously proposed in Homage to Catalonia and Animal Farm

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