George Orwell books and novels brought him the most fame, but the British writer was also an accomplished journalist, essayist, poet and editor. Orwell, the pen name for Eric Blair, published nine books during his lifetime, with his literary work appearing from 1933 to 1949.
Down and Out in Paris and London (1933)
Orwell cites numerous semi-autobiographical situations of his own struggle to survive as a kitchen worker in Paris in the first part of the narrative. The second part takes place in London and outlines Orwell's tramp-like existence, shedding light on the poor and suffering there.
Burmese Days (1934)
Reflecting Orwell's time in imperial India as a member of the military police force in Burma, this novel follows a main character who loves Burma and its people, while others around him practice imperial rule.
A Clergyman's Daughter (1935)
Set in England, this tale follows the ups and downs of Dorothy as she survives scandal, life on the streets, jail and poverty. She is redeemed with a teaching job for a short time, but is soon fired. This was Orwell's least favorite of his books, according to his notes.
Keep the Aspidistra Flying (1936)
Forsaking money and status, the main character looks to eliminate the influence of the "Money God" from every aspect of his life. The conflict of the character's alternating views on his and others' economic situation is the central theme of the book.
The Road to Wigan Pier (1937)
Based on his actual experiences living and working with the working class poor of Northern England, Orwell outlines the life and times of several groups of people. The second part of the book outlines Orwell's background and thoughts on socialism.
Homage to Catalonia (1938)
This is an autobiographical account of Orwell's time as an infantryman in the Spanish revolutionary war. From political insights to an account of various missions he participated in, this is a fascinating insider's look at those pivotal events.
Coming Up for Air (1939)
This nostalgic story reflects on the great things about England and contrasts them with events and ideas that are not so golden. The main character embarks on a trip to his old childhood haunts and finds them wanting.
Animal Farm (1945)
This was Orwell's most successful novel to date about the Stalinist farm and the social experiments that the animals undergo. In this social allegory, the animals attempt to create a new and better society, the end result is much worse than the original farm organization.
The dystopian tale about a totalitarian government who strips all rights and privacies from its citizens was an instant success. This social science fiction book takes place after atomic wars change the face of the world and restructure the governments.
Witty and observant, George Orwell's quotes are timeless. Learn about what the man who gave the world 1984 and Animal Farm had to say about his life and times.