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George Orwell

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Eric Blair?

Yes. His real name is Erid Blair, not George Orwell! Why did he change his name? He adopted his pen name in 1993, while writing for the New Adelphi. He chose a pen name that stressed his deep, lifelong afgection for the English tradition and countryside. George is the patron saint of England, while River Orwelll in Suffolk was one of his most beloved English sites. Biography
Born in 1903 in Motihari, Bengal (British colony of India at the time)
Brought to Enlgand at the age of one.
At the age of seven he was recommended to the headmaster of one of the most successful preparatory schools in England at the time.
Orwell lived for several years in poverty, sometimes even homeless but eventually found work as a schoolteacher.
Soon after the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War, Orwell volunteered to fight for the Republicans against Franco's uprising.
Joined the NON-Stalinist!
Orwell was shot in the neck on 1937 which was later described in one of his short essay "Wounded by a Fascist Sniper".
In 1944 Orwell finished his anti-Stalinist allegory Animal Farm.
He married Eileen O'Shaughnessy
^ She died, and in the autumn of 1949, he married Sonia Brownell shortly before his death.
Orwell died at the age of 46 from tuberculosis.

Wy he wrote animal farm:

George Orwell, aka Eric Arthur Blair, wrote Animal Farm to expose the Soviet myth of socialism via a vehicle that could be easily understood by common men. Animal Farm was not released until after the war, because publishers feared to touch it until that time. Interesting Facts:
Orwell also wrote scripts, a play and 29 collections of short stories.
Orwell wrote more than 350 articles during his journalism career.
Orwell wrote three semi-autobiographical books that detailed some of the more exciting times of his life, such as fighting in the Spanish revolution in 1935.
Orwell was a heavy smoker for most of his life, a habit that did not help his weak lungs.

Interesting Facts:

Orwell was a heavy smoker for most of his life, a habit that did not help his weak lungs.
Orwell also wrote scripts, a play and 29 collections of short stories.
Orwell wrote three semi-autobiographical books that detailed some of the more exciting times of his life, such as fighting in the Spanish revolution in 1935


Why is he a anti-Stalinist?

An anarchist in the late 1920s, by the 1930s he had begun to consider himself a socialist. In 1936, he was commissioned to write an account of poverty among unemployed miners in northern England, which resulted in 'The Road to Wigan Pier' (1937). Late in 1936, Orwell travelled to Spain to fight for the Republicans against Franco's Nationalists. He was forced to flee in fear of his life from Soviet-backed communists who were suppressing revolutionary socialist dissenters. The experience turned him into a lifelong anti-Stalinist.
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