George Orwell’s Politics and Writing
How Orwell’s politics worked its way into his stories, essays, novels, and journalistic pieces.
`George Orwell is best remembered as the author of two great political novels, Animal Farm and 1984, and especially by a few memorable details in the novels. Even people who have never read Animal Farm are familiar with the cardinal rule in that novel, `All animals are created equal, but some are more equal than others,` and of course the alarming figure of Big Brother in 1984 is even better known. These novels, however, were written very late in George Orwell’s literary career after he had developed his political thought and literary craft with a great many earlier works, including novels, autobiographical essays, journalism and explicitly political essays. Almost all of these earlier writings were based at least in part on the life and experiences of the less well-known Eric Blair.`