So it seems there is a birthday coming. August 9, will mark the 70th year since the start of George Orwell’s Diaries. If you don’t know who George Orwell is, smack yourself.
He was a famous English writer who wrote about the abuse of power. He wrote six novels, three non-fiction books, and many essays. He is best known for 1984 (the source of people repeating the phrase ‘Dystopian Future’ ad nauseam) and Animal Farm. If you haven’t read them, you really should. If, living in America in the year 2008, you ever think your life is hard, pick up a copy of Down and Out in Paris and London. It was based on Orwell’s own experiences and will shame you into ever complaining about your job ever again.
Anyway, back to the diaries. The good people over at The Orwell Prize will be posting the daily entries of Orwell’s diaries one at a time all the way to the end. It’s a cool idea, and should be a great way to dive into the mind of the author. The original entries spanned from 1938 to 1942, years that were part of World War II.
I’ll be putting a link to the Orwell Prize in my Blogroll, so hopefully that will help you keep up with the project. While you’re over on the left column, check out the others on the Blogroll. It’s a short list, but the writers produce some good posts, so give them a shot. If you know of any other blogs you think I or the other readers might like, feel free to post the links in the comments.