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George Orwell

George Orwell was one of the most prolific writers of this century, publishing almost a dozen novels, numerous essays, and other articles. Orwell, whose real name was Eric Arthur Blair, was born in India. He studied in England and later became a police officer in Burma. A return to England and contact with unemployed, poor coal miners turned him toward socialism and political writing. A Socialist in the 1930s, Orwell grew disturbed by the spread of dictatorships and wrote Animal Farm following his disillusionment with Communism.