George Orwell
(1903-1950)

Died aged c. 47

Eric Arthur Blair (25 June 1903 – 21 January 1950), who used the 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 outspoken support of democratic socialism. Orwell wrote literary criticism, poetry, fiction, and polemical journalism. He is perhaps best known for his dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four (published in 1949) and the allegorical novella Animal Farm (1945). His non-fiction works, including The Road to Wigan Pier (1937), documenting his experience of working class life in the north of England, and Homage to Catalonia (1938), an account of his experiences in the Spanish Civil War, are widely acclaimed, as are his essays on politics, literature, language, and culture. In 2008, The Times ranked him second on a list of "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945". Orwell's work continues to influence popular and political culture, and the term Orwellian—descriptive of totalitarian or authoritarian social practices—has entered the language together with many of his neologisms, including cold war, Big Brother, thought police, Room 101, memory hole, newspeak, doublethink, and thoughtcrime.

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George Orwell 1903-1950 novelist and political essayist lived here

50 Lawford Road, Kentish Town, London, United Kingdom where he lived

Former pupils include Sir Cecil Beaton 1904-80 Photographer and Designer Cyril Connolly 1903-74 Writer and Journalist Henry C. Longhurst 1909-78 Journalist and M.P. Gavin Maxwell 1914-69 Naturalist George Orwell 1903-50 Eric Blair - Writer

65 Summerdown Road (2), Eastbourne, United Kingdom where he studied (1911-1921)

George Orwell 1903-1950 novelist & essayist lived at 27B 1945

27B Canonbury Square, London, United Kingdom where he lived

George Orwell 1903-1950 novelist & political essayist lived here

22 Portobello Road, Notting Hill, London, United Kingdom where he lived

George Orwell 1903-1950 Writer lived here

77 Parliament Hill, London, United Kingdom where he lived

George Orwell 1903-1950 Author lived here 1936-1940

'The Stores', Kit's Lane, Wallington, United Kingdom where he lived

George Orwell 1903-1950 writer lived and worked in a bookshop on this site 1934-1935

Pond Street, London, United Kingdom where he lived and worked

George Orwell (Eric Arthur Blair) 1903-1950 lived and worked here as Senior Master of the former Hawthorns High School for Boys April 1932-July 1933

Fountain House Hotel, 116–118 Church Road, Hayes, London, United Kingdom where he worked (1932-1933)

George Orwell (Eric Blair) 1903-1950 author and broadcaster lived in 10a Mortimer Crescent which stood on this site

Kington House, Mortimer Crescent, London, United Kingdom where he lived

George Orwell 1903-1950 The writer George Orwell, born Eric Arthur Blair in 1903, received national acclaim for the books he wrote between 1920 and 1950 describing living conditions in Britain and abroad. He is known to have stayed nearby in Darlington Street and Warrington Lane in February, 1936, and afterwards published his well known book "The Road To Wigan Pier"

Wilton Street, Wigan, United Kingdom where he stayed

George Orwell Author 1903 - 1950 Drank here !

25 Rathbone Place, Fitzrovia, London, United Kingdom where he was

George Orwell 1903-1950 Sir Stephen Spender 1909-1995 wrote for Cyril Connolly's Horizon Magazine based here 1940-1948

Lansdowne Terrace, London, United Kingdom where he was

George Orwell 1903-1950 Novelist & Essayist lived here at 27b 1944-1947

27b Canonbury Square, London, United Kingdom where he lived (1944-1947)

George Orwell 1903-1950 Novelist and political essayist, visited this reference library whilst researching his book "The Road to Wigan Pier"

Upstairs room, Museum of Wigan Life, Wigan, United Kingdom where he wrote