Eric Arthur Blair

Eric Blair’s fictional name was George Orwell , born
June 25,1903 in Motihari, India . At that time “India was part of the British
Empire”(Orwell page 1 of 4). This was near the turn of the century, so not
many people could afford to move to India with out the “British
Empire”(Orwell pg. 1 of 4). Eric’s father Richard Blair was an agent of the
Opium Department of the Indian Civil Service.Blair’s Grandfather served in
the Indian Army for sometime before Blair’s birth. His family was “ not very
wealthy [Blair] later described them as lower-upper-middle class”(Orwell
pg.1of 4). In fact, they owned no property or held any investment what’s so
ever. When Eric was about 8 his family moved back to England and moved to
a town called Henley, although his father still worked in India. Being
middle-class, going to school was tough; however, his parents sent him to a
private school in Sussex at the tender age of 8. By the time he was 13 he had
received a “scholarship to Wellington, and soon after another to Eaton, the
famous public school”(Orwell pg.1 of 4). After being forced to be good in
school, he was not interested in “anymore … further mental exertion”(Orwell
pg. 1 of 4). So he decided to go with his private ambition, to write. At the
beginning he writes “ At the age of five or six [he] knew that he would
be-must be a writer”(Orwell pg1 of 4). He made up his mind fast unlike many
other writers. However, to be a writer one has to read literature. However, at
Eaton English Lit. was not a major subject, because “most boys [ that went to
Eaton] came from backgrounds either irremediably unliterary or so literary
that to teach them English Literature would be absurd”(Orwell pg.1 of 4).
Although he wanted to become a writer he finished “138th of 167”(Orwell pg.
2 of 4). After this he decided to join the Indian imperial Police ; however, he
later left after 5 years in service. This was distracting him from his main
lifestyle, a writer and because “ wished to escape from …every form of man’s
dominion over man”(Orwell pg. 2 of 4). In London he settled down into a
“grotty bedroom”(Orwell pg.2 of 4). And started to teach himself how to
write. He was now twenty-four and “week after week he remained in his
unheated bedroom”(Orwell pg. 2 of 4). It was so cold that he “[thawed] his
hands over a candle when they became to numb to write”(Orwell pg. 2 of 4).
Now that’s cold. In 1928 he did something drastic, “he began to live among
the poor, first in London, then in Pairs”(Orwell pg.2 of 4). To him it seemed
that the poor were the “victims of injustice”(Orwell pg. 2 of 4). One reason
for living among the poor was “to over come a repulsion which he considered
as typical of his own [working] class”(Orwell pg. 2 of 4). In December of
1929 Eric spent Christmas with his family were he announced that he was
going to write a book about his experiences in Paris. However, many times
this material was rejected, finally due to a Mabel Firez this was published.
Although all “swearwords were deleted and certain names changed”(Orwell
pg.3 of 4). His next book Burmese Days was published in 1934. Eric made
his name George Orwell on his first book, Down and Out. He had to change
himself from a middle class citizen to a poor ragamuffin. His next books in
order, A Clergyman’s Daughter, Keep The Aspidistra Flying,The Road To
Wigan Pier, Homage to Catalonia , Animal Farm, Nineteen Eighty-Four . He
served in the Spanish Civil War in the POUM (Partido Obrero de Unificacion
de Marxista). They he was wounded in the throat. After this he went on
writing Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four. Later on in 1946 he married
Sonia Bronwell. Eric Arthur Blair Died In the Year Nineteen Fifty, at the age
of Forty-Seven. George, Orwell Microsoft Encarta Encyclopedia. 1996 Ed.
CD-ROM Microsoft, 1993-1996 George, Orwell George
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