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January 21, 2013

Orwell on Orwell

George OrwellOn this day in 1950 George Orwell (Eric Blair) died. Many of Orwell’s contemporaries viewed him as over-earnest or foolishly idealistic, and even his friends made jokes about their “Knight of the Woeful Countenance.” In “Why I Write,” an essay from his last years, Orwell said that he would have been a different man and writer, had the times not been what they were: “…I wasn’t born for an age like this; / Was Smith? Was Jones? Were you?”

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