George Orwell was the pen name for Eric Arthur Blair (1903-1950). Born in India and educated in England he declared that he wrote every word toward the establishment of democratic socialism'. The themes of moral awareness and social justice can be found in his writing, and are linked back to a childhood where he quickly became aware of the social disparities. His most popular works were the political satires Animal Farm and 1984 .


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  • 1984 by George Orwell; a new adaptation created by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan. This play was first performed as a co-production between Headlong and Nottingham Playhouse, Friday 13 September 2013. [More information about this play can be found in the eReserve sectin of this pathfinder].


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The following review provides some interesting background material on Orwell and his novel 1984:

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The official George Orwell website: The Orwell Society

  • McCrum, Robert, 2009, '1984: the masterpiece that killed George Orwell', The Guardian, 10 May. In 1946 the editor of the Observer, David Astor, lent George Orwell a remote Scottish farmhouse in which to write the novel, which would become Nineteen Eighty-four. Robert McCrum recounts Orwell's torturous stay on the island, and the feverish race that saw him finish the book.

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