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George Orwell

Birthdate: 25. June 1903
Date of death: 21. January 1950

Eric Arthur Blair , better known by his pen name George Orwell, was an English novelist, essayist, journalist, and critic. His work is marked by lucid prose, awareness of social injustice, opposition to totalitarianism, and outspoken support of democratic socialism.

Orwell wrote literary criticism, poetry, fiction, and polemical journalism. He is best known for the allegorical novella Animal Farm and the dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four . His non-fiction works, including The Road to Wigan Pier , documenting his experience of working class life in the north of England, and Homage to Catalonia , an account of his experiences in the Spanish Civil War, are widely acclaimed, as are his essays on politics, literature, language, and culture. In 2008, The Times ranked him second on a list of "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945".

Orwell's work continues to influence popular and political culture, and the term Orwellian – descriptive of totalitarian or authoritarian social practices – has entered the language together with many of his neologisms, including Big Brother, Thought Police, Room 101, memory hole, newspeak, doublethink, proles, unperson, and thoughtcrime.

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1984
1984
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Animal Farm
Animal Farm
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„[T]here is something wrong with a regime that requires a pyramid of corpses every few years.“

—  George Orwell

Letter to Humphry House, (11 April 1940). p. 532 http://books.google.com/books?id=0j2qODEJkdoC&pg=PA532#v=onepage&q&f=false, The Collected Essays, Journalism, & Letters, George Orwell: An age like this, 1920–1940, Editors: Sonia Orwell, Ian Angus

„Fate seemed to be playing a series of extraordinarily unamusing jokes.“

—  George Orwell, book Down and Out in Paris and London

Source: Down and out in Paris and London (1933), Ch. 7

„Decline of the English Murder“

—  George Orwell

Essay http://orwell.ru/library/articles/decline/english/e_doem title, Tribune (15 February 1946)

„[T]he outcry against killing women, if you accept killing at all, is sheer sentimentality. Why is it worse to kill a woman than a man?“

—  George Orwell

"As I Please," Tribune (14 July 1944)<sup> http://alexpeak.com/twr/orwell/quotes/</sup>
"As I Please" (1943–1947)

„Nationalism is power-hunger tempered by self-deception.“

—  George Orwell

Notes on Nationalism (1945)

„One of the big failures in human history has been the agelong attempt to stop women painting their faces.“

—  George Orwell

"As I Please," Tribune (28 April 1944) http://alexpeak.com/twr/orwell/quotes/
As I Please (1943–1947)

„The really frightening thing about totalitarianism is not that it commits 'atrocities' but that it attacks the concept of objective truth; it claims to control the past as well as the future.“

—  George Orwell

"As I Please," Tribune (4 February 1944)<sup> http://alexpeak.com/twr/hiwbtw/</sup>
As I Please (1943–1947)

„An earthquake is such fun when it is over.“

—  George Orwell, book Burmese Days

Source: Burmese Days (1934), Ch. XV

„I understand HOW: I do not understand WHY“

—  George Orwell, book 1984

1984
Variant: I understand HOW: I do not understand WHY.

„Thoughtcrime does not entail death: thoughtcrime IS death.“

—  George Orwell, book 1984

Source: 1984

„He loved Big Brother.“

—  George Orwell, book 1984

Source: 1984

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