The Making of George Orwell
Eric Arthur Blair
Born June 25th 1903
Died January 21st 1950
There is no indication that this marks the grave of an important literary figure, no clue as to the identity or achievements of Eric Arthur Blair. Many visitors to the churchyard must pass it by unaware that the spot marks the resting place of one of the major twentieth-century English novelists, an essayist of distinction and the author of Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four. For the man who is buried in this peaceful spot fashioned a distinctive style of prose writing which carried his name and reputation far beyond the confines of the English-speaking world and earned for his books a readership of millions. He was successively a tramp, a schoolmaster, a village-shopkeeper, a soldier, a radio producer and a sergeant in the Home Guard. He became in the forty-six years of his life a political writer of uncommon ability, a pamphleteer in the tradition of Cobbett and Defoe and an outspoken commentator on the social and political issues of his time. He was also a man who was ‘essentially quixotic’, I a man who disliked twentieth-century technology and wrote with simple feeling on gardening, wild life and the passing of the seasons.
KeywordsShort Story Imperial Police Literary Effort Public School Tradition Prose Writing
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