George ORWELL

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Author, Journalist

EnglishBorn Eric Arthur BLAIR

English novelist, essayist, journalist and critic

Born on June 25, 1903 in Motihari, Bengal Presidency, British India , India

Died on January 21, 1950 in London, England , United Kingdom

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Eric Arthur Blair was born on 25 June 1903, in Motihari, Bihar, in British India. His great-grandfather Charles Blair was a wealthy country gentleman in Dorset who married Lady Mary Fane, daughter of Thomas Fane, 8th Earl of Westmorland, and had income as an absentee landlord of plantations in Jamaica. His grandfather, Thomas Richard Arthur Blair, was a clergyman. Although the gentility passed down the generations, the prosperity did not; Eric Blair described his family as "lower-upper-middle class". His father, Richard Walmesley Blair, worked in the Opium Department of the Indian Civil Service. His mother, Ida Mabel Blair (née Limouzin), grew up in Moulmein, Burma, where her French father was involved in speculative ventures. Eric had two sisters: Marjorie, five years older, and Avril, five years younger. When Eric was one year old, his mother took him and his older sister to England.[n 1] His birthplace and ancestral house in Motihari has been declared a protected monument of historical importance.



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