When one reads any strongly individual piece of writing, one has the impression of seeing a face somewhere behind the page. It is not necessarily the actual face of the writer. I feel this very strongly with Swift, with Defoe, with Fielding, Stendhal, Thackeray, Flaubert, though in several cases I do not know what these people looked like and do not want to know. What one sees is the face that the writer ought to have. Well, in the case of Dickens I see a face that is not quite the face of Dickens's photographs, though it resembles it. It is the face of a man of about forty, with a small beard and a high colour. He is laughing, with a touch of anger in his laughter, but no triumph, no malignity. It is the face of a man who is always fighting against something, but who fights in the open and is not frightened, the face of a man who is generously angry - in other words, of a nineteenth-century liberal, a free intelligence, a type hated with equal hatred by all the smelly little orthodoxies which are now contending for our souls.
- George Orwell
Author: George Orwell Born as: Eric Arthur Blair Other Names: Pseudonym George Orwell b. 25 June 1903
d. 21 January 1950 Occupation: Essayist, novelist and satirist. Works: Selected Wodrks:
Burmese Days - 1934
A Clergyman's Daughter - 1935
Keep the Aspidistra Flying - 1936
Coming Up for Air - 1939
Animal Farm - 1945
Nineteen Eighty-Four - 1949
Books based on personal experiences:
While the substance of many of Orwell's novels, particularly Burmese Days, is drawn from his personal experiences, the following are works presented as narrative documentaries, rather than being fictionalised.
Down and Out in Paris and London - 1933
The Road to Wigan Pier - 1937
Homage to Catalonia - 1938 Family Ties: Mother, Ida Mabel Limouzin
Father Richard Walmesley Blair - older sister Marjorie younger sister Avril. Landmarks: Notes: Source: Unknown Submitted By: Unknown