Both writers were born in India, and wrote about the British Empire – although from rather different perspectives. Orwell called Kipling ‘the prophet of British imperialism in its expansionist phase’, while Orwell’s attitude to Empire was much less positive, as shown by Burmese Days. You can read the first chapter, and more about Orwell and Burma, on our site.
Douglas Kerr’s essay comparing the two writers is also well worth a read.
The Orwell Prize 2011
Entries for this year’s Prize are now CLOSED, and we’ll be publishing a full list of entries shortly. If you have any queries, please get in touch.
From the Archive
Elsewhere, Orwell Prize-winning journalist Timothy Garton Ash has been writing about the situation in Tunisia. Timothy took part in a very lively discussion on free speech for us last year (with Mehdi Hasan and Douglas Murray), which you can watch on video.
The Orwell Diaires
The next Orwell diary entry will be published on 22nd January.
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