Monday, July 18, 2005

More Orwell

I wasn't even looking for this, but today's Guardian has a piece on how Orwell was himself watched by Big Brother. Although he was under surveillance for more than 12 years (one of the things that aroused suspicion was his attempt to find Mulk Raj Anand a job in the BBC), about 10 years ago it was revealed that he had supplied a list of 86 'Stalinist fellow travellers' to a Foreign Office anti-Communist propaganda unit. Biographer Bernard Crick reconciles these apparent contradictions by suggesting that his experiences in the Spanish civil war left him sharply disillusioned with Soviet communism.

Here's a staccato biography and a tribute in links.

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