George OrwellEric Arthur Blair was born in 1903 at Motihari in British-occupied India. While growingup, he attended private schools in Sussex, Wellington and Eton. He worked at theImperial Indian Police until 1927 when he went to London to study the poverty stricken.He then moved to Paris where he wrote two lost novels. After he moved back to Englandhe wrote Down and Out in Paris and London, Burmese Days, A Clergyman’s Daughterand Keep the Aspidistra Flying. He published all four under the pseudonym GeorgeOrwell. He then married Eileen O’Shaughnessy and wrote The Road to Wigan Pier.Orwell then joined the Army and fought in the Spanish civil war. He became a socialistrevolutionary and wrote Homage to Catalonia, Coming Up for Air, and in 1943, he wroteAnimal Farm. It’s success ended Orwell’s financial troubles forever. In 1947 and 48,despite Tuberculosis, he wrote Nineteen Eighty-Four. He died in 1950 (Williams 7-15).George Orwell’s life has influenced modern society a great deal. In1903, Eric Arthur Blair was born. Living in India until he was four, Blair and his familythen moved to England and settled at Henley. At the age of eight, Blair was sent to aprivate school in Sussex, and he lived there, except on holidays, until he was thirteen. Hewent to two private secondary schools: Wellington (for one term) and Eton (for four anda half years). After Eton, Blair joined the Imperial Indian Police and was trained inBurma. He served there for nearly five years and then in 1927, while home on leave,decided not to return. He later wrote that he had come to understand and reject theimperialism he was serving. He was stuck between the hatred of the empire and rageagainst the native people who opposed it, which made his job more difficult. Blair, onhis first six months of release, traveled to eastern England to research the poor. In Springof 1928, he took a room in a working-class district of Paris. He wrote two novels, whichhave been lost, as well as publishing a number of articles in French and English. Hebecame ill with pneumonia, worked ten weeks as a dishwasher and kitchen porter, andreturned to England at the end of 1929.