Remembering George Orwell
1903, June 25. - 1950, January 21.
The Lion and the Unicorn
Socialism and the English Genius
The following biographical note, probably writen by Orwell himself,
appeared on the jacket of the originated edition of
The Lion and the
'George Orwell was born in 1903 into an Anglo-Indian and has
had a varied history. He was a scholar at Eton, served five years in the
Imperial Police in Burma, has been a dishwasher, a schoolmaster, and a bookseller's
assisant, and fought and was wounded in the Spanish Civil War.
Best known among his books is The Road to Wigan Pier
, with its unforgettable
picture of the coalmining industry and the miseries of the Northern slums.
Less widely read, but equally worthy of attention, are Homage to Catalonia
one of the best war books, and Burmese Days
, one of the few outstanding
novels of Anglo-Indian life.
Rejected by the Army on medical grounds, George Orwell is at present a
film critic, book-reviewer and sergeant in the Home Guard'
Penguin edition. 1982.
with an introduction by Bernard Crick
Published by Penguin Books Ltd. , UK.
mentioned in Fenwick A.9b
First edition. 1941
Published by Secker & Warburg, London, UK.