By Orwell

Extract from Orwell's Wigan Pier diary

Diaries

The Orwell Prize has three blogs posting diary entries by George Orwell: the Webby-nominated Orwell Diaries 1938-42 blog which is ‘post-blogging’ Orwell’s domestic and political diaries, each entry published seventy years to the day since it was written; The Road […] Read more

Poetry

According to biographer D. J. Taylor, the young Orwell displayed ‘an enthusiasm for poetry that in [his] formative years seems to have been as least as strong as any desire to write fiction’. Orwell’s poetry is not among his best […] Read more

Essays and other works

A selection of essays, articles, sketches, reviews and scripts written by Orwell. Sketches For Burmese Days 1. John Flory – My Epitaph 2. Extract, Preliminary to Autobiography 3. Extract, the Autobiography of John Flory 4. An Incident in Rangoon 5. […] Read more

Keep the Aspidistra Flying

Keep the Aspidistra Flying

Money suffereth long, and is kind; money envieth not; money vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, doth not behave unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the […] Read more

A Clergyman's Daughter

A Clergyman’s Daughter

The thing that had happened to her was commonplace enough – almost every week one reads in the newspapers of a similar case. A man disappears from home, is lost sight of for days or weeks, and presently fetches up […] Read more

Burmese Days

Burmese Days

As a magistrate his methods were simple. Even for the vastest bribe he would never sell the decision of a case, because he knew that a magistrate who gives wrong judgements is caught sooner or later. His practice, a much […] Read more

Down and Out

Down and Out in Paris and London

These three weeks were squalid and uncomfortable, and evidently there was worse coming, for my rent would be due before long. Nevertheless, things were not a quarter as bad as I had expected. For, when you are approaching poverty, you […] Read more

The Road to Wigan Pier

The Road to Wigan Pier

I remember a winter afternoon in the dreadful environs of Wigan. All round was the lunar landscape of slag-heaps, and to the north, through the passes, as it were, between the mountains of slag, you could see the factory chimneys […] Read more

Homage to Catalonia

Homage to Catalonia

This war, in which I played so ineffectual a part, has left me with memories that are mostly evil, and yet I do not wish that I had missed it. When you have had a glimpse of a disaster such […] Read more

Coming Up for Air

Coming Up for Air

Say what you like – call it silly, childish, anything – but doesn’t it make you puke sometimes to see what they’re doing to England, with their bird-baths and their plaster gnomes, and their pixies and tin cans, where the […] Read more

Animal Farm

Animal Farm

‘Now, comrades, what is the nature of this life of ours? Let us face it: our lives are miserable, laborious, and short. We are born, we are given just so much food as will keep the breath in our bodies, […] Read more

Nineteen Eighty-Four

Nineteen Eighty-Four

‘Sometimes,’ she said, ‘they threaten you with something – something you can’t stand up to, can’t even think about. And then you say, “Don’t do it to me, do it to somebody else, do it to So-and-so.” And perhaps you […] Read more