George Orwell Facts

George Orwell Facts
George Orwell was an English writer best known for his novels Nineteen Eighty-Four and Animal Farm. He was born on June 25th, 1903 in Motihari, Bihar, India to Richard Blair and Mabel Blair. His birth name was Eric Arthur Blair, but he used George Orwell as his pen name. George Orwell began writing when he was young, and it is believed that he wrote his first poem when he was only four years old. His first poem was published when he was 11, in a local newspaper. George attended boarding school on scholarships, and then joined the India Imperial Police Force for 5 years. He spent the rest of his life writing and became well known as a novelist, essayist, critic and journalist. He is considered to be one of the20th century's most influential writers.
Interesting George Orwell Facts:
George Orwell joined the India Imperial Police Force in 1922, as he did not have the money for a university education after boarding school.
George Orwell left the Imperial Police Force and returned to England, where he began to write seriously.
George Orwell's first book titled Down and Out in Paris and London was published in 1933. The book explored the lives of working poor and transients. He started using the pen name George Orwell because he did not want his family to suffer any embarrassment at the topics in his first book.
George Orwell's second book was Burmese Days. It was published in 1934 and was about British colonialism in India. It is believed that this book sparked his interest in politics.
George Orwell married Eileen O'Shaughnessy in 1936.
In 1936 George fought in the Spanish Civil War, and was shot in the arm and the throat. George and his wife left Spain, narrowly missing the treason charges brought against them.
George Orwell had various health issues, and developed tuberculosis in 1938. He struggled with it for the rest of his life.
In 1941 George Orwell began working for the BBC, but resigned in 1943.
Animal Farm was published in 1945. This novel made Orwell famous and financially sound. The book was an anti-Soviet satirical story about two pigs representing Leon Trotsky and Josef Stalin.
In 1944 George and his wife Eileen adopted a son. They named him Richard Horatio Blair.
Eileen passed away in 1945, and their son was then raised mostly by Eileen's sister Avril.
In 1949 George Orwell's book Nineteen Eighty-Four was published. The book is also published as 1984 in later editions. This was a book about the government controlling everything, even a person's thoughts.
George Orwell's fictional predictions about the future in Nineteen Eighty-Four were not that far off. Many of his ideas have come true.
George Orwell married Sonia Brownell in 1950.
George Orwell Passed away on January 21st, 1950 at the age of 46, in London, England.
Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four were both made into movies.
George Orwell wrote six novels in his lifetime including Burmese Days, A Clergyman's Daughter, Keep the Aspidistra Flying, Coming Up for Air, Animal Farm, and Nineteen Eighty-Four. He also wrote three non-fiction books including Down and Out in Paris and London, The Road to Wigan Pier, and Homage to California.

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