George Orwell, born Eric Arthur Blair (1903-1950) was a teacher, novelist and journalist. He also served his country, including in the Home Guard during the Second World War. He later became the literary editor of the Tribune and wrote for the Observer and Manchester Evening News. The author of nine books, Orwell is best know for the allegorical Animal Farm (1945) and dystopian satire Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949). They have gone on to become two of the most influential books of the twentieth century.
'Absolutely first rate.' * New Yorker * 'Timeless, even transcendent.' -- Christopher Hitchens 'A book for everyone and Everyman, its brightness undimmed after fifty years.' -- Ruth Rendell 'There are no replacements for George Orwell, just as there are no replacements for a Bernard Shaw or a Mark Twain...he pricked, provoked and badgered lazy minds, delighted those who enjoyed watching an original intelligence at work.' * Time Magazine * 'A wise, compassionate, and illuminating fable.' * New York Times *