He Gave Us 1984


“Power is in tearing human minds to pieces and putting them together again in new shapes of your own choosing.”
George Orwell, 1984

George Orwell

Today, in 1903, Eric Arthur Blair was born in Motihari, Bengal, India.  We would come to know him as George Orwell, the man who gave us “Animal Farm,” where “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others,”   and “Nineteen Eighty-Four,” where “If you kept the small rules, you could break the big ones.” 

Looking back, it is difficult to understand how someone with his intelligence, wit, foresight and remarkable writing abilities would struggle to establish a career as a writer. At four, George Orwell wrote his first poem; at eleven a local newspaper published a later poem.  As an adult, success was not immediate.  He would take a variety of jobs to keep a roof over his head while he pursued his passion.  His first book, “Down and Out in Paris and London” published in 1933 was a clear indicator of his moral courage and empathy for humanity’s plight.

George Orwell’s biography is a page turner filled with adventure and tragedy in equal measure.  “Animal Farm” was published in 1945, the year his wife Eileen died.  It was a global sensation.  “Nineteen Eighty-Four”, which was to become his most recognized work, was published in 1949, a year before his own death at 46.  Even now, a new generation is discovering the power of his writing. 

“Tragedy, he perceived, belonged to the ancient time, to a time when there were still privacy, love, and friendship, and when the members of a family stood by one another without needing to know the reason.” 
 George Orwell, 1984