Wednesday, January 21, 2015

On This Day In...1950

English writer George Orwell died from tuberculosis on this day in 1950 at the age of 46. Orwell's real name was Eric Blair, but he chose to publish under a pen name to spare his family from embarrassment since his first book Down and Out in Paris and London was a nonfiction account of his time spent living as a tramp. A prolific writer who worked as a journalist, novelist, essayist, and critic, Orwell was never hugely successful in his own lifetime, but has become one of the most widely read and highly regarded authors of the 20th century.

Key Library Checkouts:

Burmese Days, A Clergyman's Daughter, Keep the Aspidistra Flying, Coming Up for Air, Animal Farm, Nineteen Eighty-Four - Of his six novels the final two, Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four, are the most popular for good reason, but even the worst of Orwell is a lesson in what good writing looks like.   

Facing Unpleasant Facts - This 2008 collection packages most of Orwell's best narrative essays together in one volume, including "Such,Such Were the Joys," Orwell's brutal and pulverizing account of his early years spent at an elite English boarding school.

Posted by Grahm Underwood, Library Clerk