George Orwell

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  • Chris Hopkins (Sheffield Hallam University)

Eric Arthur Blair was born in India on 25 June 1903. His father, Richard Blair, was an Anglo-Indian administrator. When he was eight, Eric won a half-scholarship to a preparatory boarding school, St. Cyprian's, at Eastbourne. The essay, “Such, Such Were the Joys” depicts the school as a snobbish tyranny, where they were under constant surveillance from the fearsome proprietors, Mr and Mrs Wilkes. The essay has been related to Orwell's interest in totalitarianism, with St. Cyprian's as his first experience of such total control. There has been much discussion of how straightforward the relation is between the experience and the account – a debate which applies to much of his writing.

In May 1917 he went to Eton …

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Hopkins, Chris. "George Orwell". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 20 October 2001
[, accessed 05 July 2015.]

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