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George Orwell 1984 The New American Library Copyright 1961 George Orwell The information concerning the authors background was not included in the book George Orwell whose real name was Eric Blair was born in Bengal India in 1903 When he was eight years old as it was customary his mother brought him back to England to be educated He was sent to a boarding school on the south coast a school whose students were sons of the upper class He was allowed in with lower tuition and not being from a wealthy background he was subject to snobbery of the others at the school In 1917 he went to Eton on a scholarship and he enjoyed himself making friends and reading many books Orwell graduated in 1921 and instead of going on to a university he joined the Civil Service and went to Burma as a sergeant in the Indian Imperial Police He served as a policeman in Burma from 1922 until he took leave in 1927 and resigned his post Orwell now had time to think and he decided to live among working-class people in Paris and among the tramps in England for more than a year During these years he worked as a schoolteacher and got married Both he and his wife kept a village pub and a village general store All of these experiences led up to the basis for his first book Down and Out in Paris and London which was an autobiographical work he published in 1933 This was his first book and he used the name George Orwell He explained later that he took the last name from an English river near where he lived and the first name as being typically English The latter part of his work was written primarily about different things and places that he had experienced For example he wrote Homage to Catalonia from his experiences in the Spanish Civil War and
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