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George Orwell was the pen name of Eric Arthur Blair (1903-1950), the writer of some of the most concise and cogent English prose of the twentieth century, which sought to oppose all forms of totalitarianism and champion democratic socialism. In his first full-length work, Down and Out in Paris and London (1936), he provided an exposé of poverty based on personal experience of ill-paid jobs. The Road to Wigan Pier (1937), published after three novels, extended his investigation into the bleak living conditions of the working classes by surveying the industrial north. Homage to Catalonia (1938), provided an account his involvement with the Republican army during the Spanish Civil War, which consolidated his political stance. Though he quickly produced another novel – Coming Up for Air (1939) – he would have to wait until the end of the Second World War to publish his two acknowledged masterpieces. Animal Farm (1945) is an allegorical novella that satirises the events of Revolutionary and Post-Revolutionary Russia, while 1984 (1949) is a dystopian novel that focusses on one man’s hopeless struggle against a totalitarian regime. The present drawing accompanied a review of the collected edition of his many essential shorter works: essays, letters and pieces of journalism.