George Orwell

George Orwell
Vital Statistics
 Name: Eric Arthur Blair
 Pen/other names: George Orwell
 Occupations: Author, Historian, Journalist
 Specialties: Literary Critic, Essayist
 Year born: 1903
 Year died: 1950
 Age: 47
 ISNI: 0000 0001 2144 1305

Eric Arthur Blair, better known by his pen name George Orwell, was an English novelist, essayist, journalist and critic whose work is marked by lucid prose, awareness of social injustice, opposition to totalitarianism and outspoken support of democratic socialism.

Referenced In
Body of Work
(13 listed)
Animal Farm
George Orwell - Animal Farm
George Orwell's classic satire of the Russian Revolution is an intimate part of our contemporary culture, quoted so often that we tend to forget who wrote the original words. It is an account of the bold struggle that transforms Mr. Jones' Manor Farm into Animal Farm, a wholly democratic society...

Thema Categories: Historical fantasy, Classic fiction
Editions available: 7
Nineteen Eighty-Four
George Orwell - 1984
“The Party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential command.” Winston Smith toes the Party line, rewriting history to satisfy the demands of the Ministry of Truth. With each lie he writes, Winston grows to hate the Party that seeks...

Thema Categories: Historical fantasy, Political ideologies, Classic fiction
Editions available: 6
The Road to Wigan Pier
George Orwell - The Road to Wigan Pier
In the 1930s Orwell was sent by a socialist book club to investigate the appalling mass unemployment in the industrial north of England. He went beyond his assignment to investigate the employed as well-”to see the most typical section of the English working class.” Foreword by Victor Gollancz.

Thema Categories: Narrative theme: Politics
Editions available: 6
Homage to Catalonia
George Orwell - Homage to Catalonia
"Every line of serious work that I have written since 1936 has been written, directly or indirectly, against totalitarianism and for democratic socialism as I understand it." Thus wrote Orwell following his experiences as a militiaman in the Spanish Civil War, chronicled in Homage to Catalonia. Here he brings to...

Thema Categories: Autobiography: historical, political and military
Editions available: 4
Down and Out in Paris and London
George Orwell - Down and Out in Paris and London
Orwell's own experiences inspire this semi-autobiographical novel about a man living in Paris in the early 1930s without a penny. The narrator's poverty brings him into contact with strange incidents and characters, which he manages to chronicle with great sensitivity and graphic power. The latter half of the book takes...

Thema Categories: Economic history
Editions available: 4
All Art Is Propaganda
George Orwell - All Art is Propaganda
As a critic, George Orwell cast a wide net. Equally at home discussing Charles Dickens and Charlie Chaplin, he moved back and forth across the porous borders between essay and journalism, high art and low. A frequent commentator on literature, language, film, and drama throughout his career, Orwell turned increasingly...

Thema Categories: Literature: history and criticism
Editions available: 3
Burmese Days: A Novel
George Orwell - Burmese Days
Colonial politics in Kyauktada, India, in the 1920s, come to a head when the European Club, previously for whites only, is ordered to elect one token native member. The deeply racist members do their best to manipulate the situation, resulting in the loss not only of reputations but of lives.

Thema Categories: Historical fiction
Editions available: 6
Why I Write
George Orwell - Why I Write
Whether puncturing the lies of politicians, wittily dissecting the English character or telling unpalatable truths about war, Orwell's timeless, uncompromising essays are more relevant, entertaining and essential than ever in today's era of spin.

Thema Categories: Political control and freedoms
Editions available: 3
Politics and the English Language
George Orwell - Politics and the English Language
'Politics and the English Language' is widely considered Orwell's most important essay on style. Style, for Orwell, was never simply a question of aesthetics; it was always inextricably linked to politics and to truth. All issues are political issues, and politics itself is a mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred...

Thema Categories: Political control and freedoms, Psycholinguistics and cognitive linguistics
Editions available: 1
Keep the Apidistra Flying
George Orwell - Keep the Apidistra Flying
Gordon Comstock is a poor young man who works in a grubby London bookstore and spends his evenings shivering in a rented room, trying to write. He is determined to stay free of the “money world” of lucrative jobs, family responsibilities, and the kind of security symbolized by the homely...

Thema Categories: Historical fantasy, Classic fiction
Editions available: 6
Coming Up for Air
George Orwell - Coming Up for Air
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 two children. One day, after winning some money from a bet, he goes back to the village where he grew up, to fish for...

Thema Categories: Historical fantasy, Classic fiction
Editions available: 5
Shooting an Elephant
George Orwell - Shooting an Elephant
'Shooting an Elephant' is Orwell's searing and painfully honest account of his experience as a police officer in imperial Burma; killing an escaped elephant in front of a crowd 'solely to avoid looking a fool'.

Thema Categories: Autobiography: historical, political and military
Editions available: 2
The Lion and the Unicorn: Socialism and the English Genius
George Orwell - The Lion and the Unicorn
George Orwell's moving reflections on the English character and his passionate belief in the need for political change. The Lion and the Unicorn was written in London during the worst period of the blitz. It is vintage Orwell, a dynamic outline of his belief in socialism, patriotism and an English...

Thema Categories: Autobiography: historical, political and military, Classic fiction
Editions available: 2