August 26, 2008

George Orwell, Blogger

George Orwell (1903-1950) has a new blog entry today dated "August 26, 1938." (Brief Orwell bio here.)

The Orwell Diaries are composed of entries Orwell made 70 years ago. At that time, he was recuperating from tuberculosis in a sanitarium in Kent.

Perusing newspapers and watching the weather, Orwell will make note of the storm clouds over Europe shortly. While we know what happens next, what will Orwell make of it? I shall return.

Like everyone else, I was required to read Animal Farm and 1984 in school. But it wasn't until delving into a collection of Orwell's essays and discovered his touching personal piece "Such, Such Were the Joys" that I understood what a profoundly observant and moral writer he was.

While Orwell is often described as the "conscience of his generation," that sounds a bit flinty. How about a "role-model for any generation"?

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