THEY CREATED THE COLORFUL CHARACTERS WE LOVED.
Eric Arthur Blair was born in 1903 in India. He showed early talent for writing, producing a college magazine while attending Eton. But Blair couldn’t continue his higher education due to poor grades. He decided to pursue a life of adventure instead and joined the Indian Imperial Police in Burma. He drew on these experiences in his book “BURMESE DAYS” published in 1934. A serious bout of jungle fever sent Blair back to England. For the next several years he worked as a teacher, served in the Spanish Civil War in 1937, and was an announcer for the BBC. Using the pen name Orwell, inspired by the River Orwell in the county of Suffolk, he published his most famous novel “1984” in June 1949. It described a future society dominated by a leader known as “Big Brother” and punished all independent or free thinking harshly. Unfortunately, George Orwell didn’t live very long after issuing his highly acclaimed novel. He died of tuberculosis in 1950 at the ager of 46.