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Throughout history writers have written about many different subjects based on their personal experiences George Orwell was the pen name of Eric Blair He is one of the most famous political satirists of the twentieth century He was born in Bengal India in 1903 to an English Civil Servant and died in 1950 He attended Eton from 1917 to 1921 and served with the Indian Imperial Police in Burma from 1922 to 1927 before moving to EuropeTwo of his most famous books Animal Farm written in 1946 and Nineteen Eighty-Four written in 1949 were written about the political and social environment surrounding his life The driving force behind his two satires is an intense revulsion against totalitarianism combined with an even stronger revulsion against its defenders among left-wing intellectuals1 In most of George Orwells books and essays there is a strong autobiographical element due to the fact that he spent many years living with Communists in northern Great Britain a small number of people started to follow Communism in northern Great Britain when it started in Russia George Orwells writing was affected greatly by his personal beliefs about Socialism Communism Fascism and Totalitarianism and by the revolts wars and revolutions going on in Europe and Russia at the time of his writings George Orwell was a Socialist2 himself and he despised Russian Communism3 and what it stood for Orwell shows this hatred towards Communist Russia in a letter he wrote to Victor Gollancz saying For quite fifteen years I have regarded that regime with plain horror4 Orwell wrote this letter in 1947 ten years after announcing his dislike of Communism However he had thought a great deal about Communism and what he disliked about if for a long time before he announced it to the public Orwell did not expect anything good from the Communist5 and therefore Communism personally did not affect him but He was concerned with it
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