About the Author
Set on a farm in the 1900's, the story can be interpreted literally--as a fun fictional tale for children, or as a political statement by an extremely strong opinionated author. At the time of Animal Farm's publishing, Stalinist Russia was a booming super power. Stalin formed a communist government--specifically, a dictatorship--where the government's needs come first, and the individual was only there for the good of that government. Eric Blair, pen name George Orwell, believed strongly that the individual should be the most valued element, rather than the government. Orwell stepped out into the open for criticism when he challenged one of the strongest leaders ever known.
Born and raised in Bengal, India, and schooled at Eton, he was by no means an average United States Citizen. After the completion of his education, Orwell returned to Burma and received a job as part of the Imperial Police in India. A lung disease that he acquired went untreated, and that was the cause of his death in 1950. He is respected for these writings of his political ideologies along with his many other books.

George Orwell's Other Works
1933Down and Out in Paris and London
1934Burmese Days
1935A Clergyman's Daughter
1936Keep the Aspidistra Flying
1937The Road to Wigan Pier
1938A Clergyman's Daughter
1939Coming up for Air
1940Inside the Whale, and Other Essays
1941The Lion and the Unicorn: Socialism and the English Genius
1946Dickens, Dali and Others
1949Nineteen Eighty-Four
1950Shooting an Elephant, and Other Essays
1953Such, Such Were the Joys

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