George Orwell Day
21st January 2013
Placa de George Orwell, Barcelona. Photo: H. Weeks
President Obama’s second inauguration may have pushed the first annual George Orwell Day out of the headlines, but both occasions are remarkable and deserving of our notice. To mark the 63rd anniversary of Orwell’ s death, Penguin Books have declared January 21 a day to remember and to re-read Orwell’s novels, essays, and journalism. Today’s Guardian collects the events in this article. It includes links to the upcoming season, The Real George Orwell and to Orwell’s celebrated ‘Politics and the English Language’. Do Orwell’s five rules of good writing still mean anything in the digital age? You decide.
He thought of the telescreen with its never-sleeping ear. They could spy upon you night and day, but if you kept your head you could still outwit them. With all their cleverness they had never mastered the secret of finding out what another human being was thinking.
from Nineteen-Eighty-Four (1949): 2.7
George Orwell (Eric Blair)
25 June 1903 – 21 January 1950