Writer Eric Blair (George Orwell) was born on June 25, 1903 in Motihari, Bengal, at the time a British colony of India. At age one he moved back to England with his mother. Orwell studied at the prestigious St. Cyprian’s School in Sussex, which he later wrote about in his essay “Such, Such Were the Joys.” After graduating from Eton College, Orwell signed up for the Indian Imperial Police in Burma, but resigned soon after with a deep hatred for imperialism. Upon returning to England he took up the pen name George Orwell. Orwell began his writing career with book reviews and, later, by shaping British propaganda during World War II, a position he resigned from in 1943. Orwell’s literary works include his widely popular novels " Animal Farm" and "1984," as well as many essays and journalistic pieces. Orwell’s novel "1984" is the source of many phrases now part of popular vocabulary, including “Big Brother,” “doublethink,” and “newspeak.” Today, Orwell is viewed as one of the 20th century's best chronicler’s of English culture.
"But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought."
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