George Orwell
George Orwell was an English writer born in British India, often considered one of the greatest novelists of the 20th Century.

Full Name Eric Arthur Blair "George Orwell"
Who writer
Birth Date June 25, 1903
Death Date January 21, 1950
Country England
Born Motihari, India
Died London, England, UK
Cause of Death tuberculosis

Wellington College, Berkshire

Eton College


Richard Walmsley Blair

Mother Ida Mabel Limouzin

Eileen O'Shaughnessy

Sonia Mary Brownell Orwell

Children Richard Horatio Orwell

Marjorie Blair

Avril Blair


At Eton, Aldous Huxley was Orwell's French teacher.

Orwell was inspired to "slum it" in Paris and London based on the life and writings of Jack London, whom he greatly admired. His experiences led to writing his memoir Down and Out in Paris & London.

When Orwell sent his manuscript for Down and Out in Paris & London to publishers in 1931, T.S. Eliot, then the editorial director at Faber & Faber, rejected it. When he sent out Animal Farm in 1944, Eliot rejected that as well.

Henry Miller was a friend of Orwell's, and attempted to discourage him from enlisting in the Spanish Civil War. In a 1940 essay, Orwell was one of the first to name Miller as a major modern writer.

Orwell was a friend of H.G. Wells, though they often quarreled over differing viewpoints.

Evelyn Waugh visited Orwell on his deathbed.

Orwell publicly defended P.G. Wodehouse when he was accused of being a Nazi sympathiser.

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