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 (ôr′wĕl′, -wəl), George Pen name of Eric Arthur Blair. 1903-1950.
British writer whose books attack totalitarianism and reflect his concern with social justice. His works include the novels Animal Farm (1945) and 1984 (1949) and the essay collection Shooting an Elephant (1950).
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(ˈɔːwəl; -wɛl)
(Biography) George, real name Eric Arthur Blair. 1903–50, English novelist and essayist, born in India. He is notable for his social criticism, as in The Road to Wigan Pier (1932); his account of his experiences of the Spanish Civil War Homage to Catalonia (1938); and his satirical novels Animal Farm (1945), an allegory on the Russian Revolution, and 1984 (1949), in which he depicts an authoritarian state of the future
Orwellian adj
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(ˈɔr wɛl, -wəl)

George (Eric Arthur Blair), 1903–50, English novelist and essayist.
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yes, ye would not credit it to look at him, or to hearken to his soft voice, but from the sailing from Orwell down to the foray to Paris, and that is clear twenty years, there was not a skirmish, onfall, sally, bushment, escalado or battle, but Sir Nigel was in the heart of it.
The capitalists congratulate the pigs when they "pervert socialism for their own benefit." Makovi concludes: "Orwell may have gotten only half the argument right, but [no other socialists] got it more right than he did....
Gordon threads through the massed girls, "invisible, save that their bodies avoided him when he passed them" (Orwell 200oe, 117), pausing to watch them in "knots of four or five, prowling desirously about the stalls of cheap underwear" (116).
Orwell, who watched fascist leader Oswald Mosley "bamboozle an uneducated audience" 16 miles away at a public hall in Barnsley, would today find clergy outnumbered not just by barbers but by clothes-bank helpers, lawyers, night shelter hosts and other volunteers.
Ricks focuses on the "fulcrum" years of Orwell's and Churchill's lives--the 1930s and 1940s.
Ricks's latest book, Churchill and Orwell: The Fight for Freedom.
Like Orwell, he did not follow any "line," be it Communist or McCarthyist.
Orwell's vision was thought-provoking and alarming, predicting a time when Big Brother would not allow us to think for ourselves.
In "Pacifism and the War," an essay which served as a response to criticisms levied against him in 1942, Orwell wrote that he was "against imperialism because I know something about it from the inside.
The house where Orwell was born as Eric Arthur Blair in 1903 when his father worked under the British Raj lay in ruins for decades with pigs and dogs roaming around before the state government woke up to the need to preserve and renovate it as a historical monument on the lines of the birthplaces of William Shakespeare and Leo Tolstoy in England and Russia, respectively.
Becoming George Orwell: Life and Letters, Legend and Legacy, John Rodden, Princeton University Press, 264 pages