Born Eric Arthur Blair in India in 1903, the English novelist, essayist, journalist and critic is best known by George Orwell, a pen name he adopted for himself. His acclaimed books include Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949), Animal Farm (1945) and the book mentioned in my lecture yesterday; Down and About in Paris and London (1933), an autobiographical account of his experience with poverty.
So I had a lecture on George Orwell less than 24hrs ago as part of the Contextual Studies unit of my BA Journalism course, but let’s see what social media has to say about the British writer. What’s trending on twitter for Orwell? Links, facts, opinions, and some writing inspiration… These twitter feeds show evidence that Orwell’s legacy is still very much present and relevant today, 64 years after his death on the 21st January 1950.
Orwell’s work continues to influence popular and political culture, and the term Orwellian — an adjective descriptive of totalitarian or authoriarian social practices widely used to hide the true meaning of something— has entered the language together with several of his neologisms which are familiar terms used in everyday vocabulary; cold war, Big Brother, Room 101.