"George Orwell - a keen observer"
George Orwell
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 George Orwell (real name Eric Blair, 1903-1950) was an English writer, most famous for novels such as Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four. He was born in Bengal, then a British colony, into what he described as a 'lower-upper-middle-class' family, and he grew up in England. After leaving school he travelled to Burma, where his experiences as part of the Indian Imperial Police politicised him, leading to a lifelong hatred of colonialism. Both his essays and his fiction have a powerful political content that remains influential to this day. Ideas and quotations from Orwell's work have entered popular culture; the most notorious example of this being Nineteen Eighty-Four's 'Big Brother', now corrupted into a reality television show.