George Orwell 1903—1950

George Orwell

Eric Arthur Blair known by his 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 and the allegorical novella Animal Farm.

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A Clergyman's Daughter (1935)

Intimidated by her father, the rector of Knype Hill, Dorothy performs her submissive roles of dutiful daughter and bullied housekeeper. Her thoughts more »


Animal Farm (1945)

The most famous by far of all twentieth-century political allegories, Animal Farm is the account of a group of barnyard animals who revolt against more »


Burmese Days (1934)

Set in the days of the Empire, with the British ruling in Burma, Burmese Days describes both indigenous corruption and Imperial bigotry, when ‘after more »


Coming Up For Air (1939)

George Bowling, the hero of this comic novel, is a middle-aged insurance salesman who lives in an average English suburban row house with a wife and more »


Down and Out in Paris and London (1933)

This unusual fictional account - in good part autobiographical - narrates without self-pity and often with humor the adventures of a penniless British more »


Homage to Catalonia (1938)

“Every line of serious work that I have written since 1936 has been written, directly or indirectly, against totalitarianism and for democratic more »


Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949)

It is 1984. The world is in a state of perpetual war and Big Brother sees and controls all. Winston Smith, a member of the Outer Party and more »


Politics and the English Language (1946)

Politics and the English Language is widely considered Orwell’s most important essay on style. Style, for Orwell, was never simply a question of more »


Shooting an Elephant (1936)

Shooting an Elephant is Orwell’s searing and painfully honest account of his experience as a police officer in imperial Burma; killing an escaped more »


The Road to Wigan Pier (1937)

An unflinching look at unemployment and life among the working classes in Britain during the Great Depression, The Road to Wigan Pier offers an more »