Pseudonym for Eric Blair, English author, critic and journalist, born in Motihari, in British India, where his British father had lived for almost thirty years and was a colonial civil servant working in the opium department of the Indian Civil Service. In 1904, Orwell travelled with his mother (the daughter of a tea merchant with business in Burma) and his sister to England. From 1911, he was a pupil in a boarding school, the first years at St Cyprians and later, between 1917 and 1921, at the country’s poshest school Eton College, where he had a scholarship. Here he published his first works in various school magazines. This was also where he started to develop his antipathy to the English class society. He later failed to gain a scholarship for university studies. Disappointed by this, he applied to the British Imperial Police in Burma and he worked there from 1922 to 1927.
This is an abbreviated version of the article about George Orwell.
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