American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- Orwell, George Pen name of Eric Arthur Blair. 1903-1950. British writer whose books attack totalitarianism and reflect his concern with social justice. His works include the novels Animal Farm (1945) and 1984 (1949) and the essay collection Shooting an Elephant (1950).
- n. imaginative British writer concerned with social justice (1903-1950)
“If Animal Farm owes rather too much to Anatole France and Nineteen Eighty-Four to Zamatyn and to Aldous Huxley (who greatly influenced the young Orwell at Eton), the satirical imagination in Orwell is of less consequence.”
“Let's assume also that the CIA informed leaders of Congress that such "Enhanced Interrogation Techniques" (a term Orwell would love) might be used to get presumed terrorists to talk.”
“Orwell" is still interesting, like Holmes and Marlowe, who also confront mundane realities such as we might encounter, and make them romantic by the sheer power of attitude itself.”
“First, in Orwell's defense, the empirical evidence for the economic superiority of markets over planning was not nearly so overwhelming in Orwell's day as it is now.”
“George Orwell is a favorite writer of mine and I liked the first Matrix, but the creation of the novel goes much deeper than that.”
“Orwell is taught in classrooms throughout this great land, even in uber-reactionary Texas (no doubt for nefarious ends).”
“Though he acknowledges the delicacy of criticizing the Soviet regime, Eliot's political objection was that the only good guy in Orwell's allegory seemed to be Trotsky, and he didn't like Trotsky: Now I think my own dissatisfaction with this apologue is that the effect is simply one of negation.”
“There are other great bad guys representing dystopian governments -- O'Brien in Orwell's 1984; Ferris F. Freemont in Dick's Radio Free Albemuth -- but none has ever made me as angry as Jarret.”
“If you want to learn how to write non-fiction, Orwell is your man.”
“LIC: Actually, we have a pretty good idea of what Orwell is about.”
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