George Orwell, 1903-1950


Biographical note

George Orwell was the pen name used by British author and journalist Eric Arthur Blair. During most of his professional life time Orwell was best known for his journalism, both in the British press and in books such as Homage to Catalonia, describing his activities during the Spanish Civil War, and Down and Out in Paris and London, describing a period of poverty in these cities.

Orwell is best remembered today for two of his novels, Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four.



Autobiographical works



  • Review of Herman Melville by Lewis Mumford [1930]
  • Review of Alexander Pope by Edith Sitwell, etc [1930]
  • Review of Angel Pavement by J. B. Priestley [1930] (october)
  • Review of The Two Carlyles by Osbert Burdett [1931] (march)
  • Review of The Spirit of Catholicism by Karl Adam [1932]
  • Review of Byron and the Need of Fatality by Charles du Bos [1932]
  • Review of Caliban Shrieks by Jack Hilton [1935] (march)
  • Review of Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller [1935] (november)
  • Review of Spanish Testament by Arthur Koestler [1938]
  • Review of Mein Kampf by Adolf Hitler [1940]
  • Review of Personal Record by Julien Green [1940]
  • Review of The Totalitarian Enemy by Franz Borkenau [1940]
  • Review of Landfall by by Nevil Shute; Nailcruncher by Albert Cohen, translated from the French by Vyvyan Holland [1940]
  • Review of The Sword and the Sickle by Mulk Raj Anand [1942]
  • Review of Burnt Norton, East Coker, The Dry Salvages by T. S. Eliot [1942]
  • Review of The British Way in Warfare by B. H. Liddell Hart [1942]
  • Review of Beggar My Neighbour by Lionel Fielden [1943]
  • Review of Collected Poems by W. H. Davies [1943]
  • Review of The Edge of the Abyss by Alfred Noyes [1944]
  • Review of The Road to Serfdom by F. A. Hayek, etc. [1944]
  • Review of The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith [1944]
  • Review of The Unquiet Grave by "Palinurus" [1945]
  • Review of The Nigger of the Narcissus etc by Joseph Conrad [1945]
  • Review of Drumu under the Windows by Sean O'Casey [1945]
  • Review of The Prussian Officer and Other Stories by D.H. Lawrence [1945]
  • Review of A Coat of Many Colours: Occasional Essays by Herbert Read [1945]
  • Review of We by E.I. Zamyatin [1946]
  • Review of The Reilly Plan by Lawrence Wolfe [1946]
  • Review of The Democrat at the Supper Table by Colm Brogan [1946]
  • Review of The Cosmological Eye by Henry Miller [1946]
  • Review of The Story of Burma by F. Tennyson Jesse [1946]
  • Review of The Martyrdom of Man by Winwood Reade [1946]
  • Review of The Soul of Man under Socialism by Oscar Wilde [1948]
  • Review of The Heart of the Matter by Graham Greene [1948]
  • Review of Great Morning by Osbert Sitwell [1948]
  • Review of Portrait of the Antisemite by Jean-Paul Sartre [1948]
  • Review of Notes towards the Definition of Culture by T.S. Eliot [1948]
  • Review of Their Finest Hour by Winston S. Churchill [1949]


  • Inside the Whale and other essays [1940]
  • Critical Essays [1946]
  • Shooting an Elephant and Other Essays [1950]
  • England Your England and Other Essays [1953] (Such, Such Were the Joys)
  • A Collection of Essays by George Orwell [1954]
  • The Orwell Reader, Fiction, Essays, and Reportage [1956]
  • Selected Essays [1957]
  • Collected Essays [1961]


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