Eric Arthur Blair was born in eastern India and educated at Eton, where he had Aldous Huxley as a teacher. Blair took on the pen name George Orwell in 1933. In 1922 he joined the Indian Imperial Police in Burma. His experiences produced Burmese Days (1934), A Hanging (1931) and Shooting the Elephant (1936). Blair felt guilty for his role working for the British Empire and looked closely at his own country, where he realized England also had it’s oppressed. He explored the poorer parts of London, dressing like a tramp and wrote about life as he saw it in Down and Out in Paris and London (1933). He was wounded during the Spanish Civil War and exposed to the politics and horror of war. Later Blair taught high school, worked in a used bookstore and was a producer at the BBC.
Blair developed his deep anti-Stalinist views in the late 1930s. He worked for the Home Guard during WWII and in 1945 published Animal Farm while a literary editor at The Tribune. After WWII, Blair worked as a journalist. In 1949, a year before he died of tuberculosis, his most famous book, Nineteen Eighty-Four was published.
This Eric Arthur Blair aka George Orwell History Mug is part of our Author Series which includes many unique individuals.
The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history. The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton. He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia tone. The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.
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