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1984

by George Orwell

About the Book

1984 is George Orwell’s terrifying vision of a totalitarian future in which everyone is enslaved to a tyrannical regime. The main character, Winston Smith, works for the Ministry of Truth as an Editor of Historic Revisionism. His job is rewriting historical facts and revising photos to fit the government’s version of history. Smith soon becomes disenchanted with the government and begins criticizing their policies in an underground journal. When the Thought Police trace the work to him, he is in danger of losing his life. Written in 1949 as a prophetic allegory on the demise of western society, this classic narrative is where the phrase Big Brother is watching was coined, along with the words thoughtcrime, doublethink, and Newspeak, which regularly appear in modern popular culture.

About the Author

British novelist and journalist George Orwell (1903-1950) was born Eric Arthur Blair in India. After graduating from school he began working for the Indian Imperial Police in Burma. Several years later he resigned and moved to Paris to become a writer. He published his first book, a memoir,  in 1933 describing his experiences in France and England. He adopted the name George Orwell and released his first novel the following year. Orwell worked for the BBC writing propaganda during WWII and later became a magazine editor and journalist writing news articles, reviews, and books. He did not gain critical acclaim for his fiction until he wrote Animal Farm in 1945, followed in 1949 by 1984. He died of tuberculosis in 1950.

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