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George Orwell was born 28 June 1903, real name was Eric Arthur Blair, was not a prolific author but hugely influential both then and now. He is best known for 1984 and Animal Farm which are regarded as seminal works and highly sought after by collectors of first editions. Orwell was educated at Eton before serving in the Indian Imperial Police. A surprising move and one he admitted knowing to be a mistake even as he sailed to Burma, non the less he served for 5 years before returning to England to pursue a literary career. He famously enlisted in the militia when the Spanish War broke out to fight against Franco, his experiences gave rise to his book Homage to Catalonia. During the  writing of 1984 Orwell was taken ill with TB and hospitalized. He made a partial recovery and, ignoring medical advice returned to finish the manuscript, it was published and sold 25,000 copies in 3 months, some 6 months after publication he died of a haemorrhage.
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The Fiction of George Orwell
 
Title   Date Notes
Burmese Days Gollancz 1935 2,500 copies
A Clergyman's Daughter Gollancz 1935 2,000 copies
Keep the Aspidistra Flying Gollancz 1936 3,000 copies
Coming up for Air Gollancz 1939 2,000 copies
Animal Farm Secker 1945 4,500 copies
Nineteen Eighty Four - 1984 Secker 1949 25,000 copies. Red and Green jackets exist, no priority established

The Non Fiction of George Orwell
 
Title   Date Notes
Down and Out in Paris Gollancz 1933 1,500 copies
Road to Wigan Pier Left Book Club 1937 43,500 copies
Homage to Catalonia Secker 1938 1,500 copies
Inside the Whale Gollancz 1940 1,00 copies
Lion and the Unicorn Secker 1941 7,500 copies
The English People Collins 1947 26,000 copies

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