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Animal Farm Lesson Plan

About the Author

George Orwell was born Eric Arthur Blair in 1903 in Burma, then a British colony, to a British civil servant. After being educated at Eton College in England, he returned to Burma and joined the Indian Imperial Police. By the age of 24, Eric decided to become a writer and moved to Paris. Unable to find success as a writer, he did menial jobs. This experience inspired his first book, Down and Out in Paris and London, which was also the first time he used the pseudonym George Orwell. In 1936, Orwell went to Spain to fight with the Republicans (Socialists) against Franco’s Nationalists (Fascists). It was his first direct experience with Soviet influence and it led to his growing concern...

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