Letters

Letters by George Orwell

Letter from Eric Blair to Leonard Moore suggesting George Orwell as a pseudonym (1932)

Letter from Eric Blair to Leonard Moore suggesting George Orwell as a pseudonym (1932)

Sat.1 “The Hawthorns” Church Rd. Hayes  Mdx. Dear Mr Moore, Many thanks for your letter. I sent off the proof with the printer’s queries on it yesterday. I made a few alterations & added one or two footnotes, but I think I arranged it so that there would be no need...
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Eric Blair’s reply to BBC regarding broadcasting to India as George Orwell (October 1942)

Eric Blair’s reply to BBC regarding broadcasting to India as George Orwell (October 1942)

B.B.C. Internal Memorandum From: Eric Blair, Indian Section Subject: Weekly News Commentary To: Eastern Service Director CONFIDENTIAL 15 October 1942 With reference to the suggestion that I should write and broadcast the weekly news review in English over my own name, i.e. George Orwell. The four speakers who are at present doing this in...
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Letter to Penguin Books (8 March 1943)

Letter to Penguin Books (8 March 1943)

10a Mortimer Crescent London NW6 8 March 1943 Dear Sir,1 With reference to your letter dated 5.3.43. I am not absolutely certain without looking up my contracts how I stand about the rights in my books, but I am almost certain that if the publisher has issued no cheap edition two years after publication, the...
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Orwell shot through throat by a sniper (20 May 1937)

Orwell shot through throat by a sniper (20 May 1937)

George Orwell (Eric Blair) was shot through the throat by a sniper on 20 May 1937. He discusses the incident in Homage to Catalonia. His wife (Eileen Blair) sent a telegram from Barcelona at noon on 24 May 1937 to Orwell’s parents in Southwold. This read: “Eric slightly wounded progress excellent sends love no...
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Letter from Eileen Blair in Barcelona to her brother Dr. Laurence (‘Eric’) O’Shaughnessy (May 1937)

Letter from Eileen Blair in Barcelona to her brother Dr. Laurence (‘Eric’) O’Shaughnessy (May 1937)

10 Rambla de los Estudios, Barcelona. 1 May 1937 Dear Eric, You have a hard life. I mean to write to Mother with the news, but there are some business matters. Now I think of these, they’re inextricably connected with the news so Mother must share this letter. George is here on leave. He...
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Letter from George Orwell at the BBC to E. M. Forster (14 April 1942)

Letter from George Orwell at the BBC to E. M. Forster (14 April 1942)

14 April 1942 Dear Mr. Forster, Many thanks for your letter. As to the questionnaire by the BBC which you mention,1 I don’t think it ever bore much fruit, but I am finding out what replies did come in and will let you have any material which looks as if it might be useful....
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Letter from Eileen Blair in Barcelona to Leonard Moore (12 April 1937)

Letter from Eileen Blair in Barcelona to Leonard Moore (12 April 1937)

Seccion Inglesa, 10, Rambla de los Estudios, Barcelona. 12 April 1937 Dear Mr. Moore, I hope you received my message of thanks for sending out the two copies of Wigan Pier when it was first published. Now I wish to thank you for the four further copies, two of the 10/6 edition and two...
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Letter to Eileen Blair from hospital in Monflorite (April 1937)

Letter to Eileen Blair from hospital in Monflorite (April 1937)

Handwritten; undated. Dearest, You really are a wonderful wife. When I saw the cigars my heart melted away. They will solve all tobacco problems for a long time to come. McNair tells me you are all right for money, as you can borrow & then repay when B. E.1 brings...
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Letter to Fredric Warburg regarding Zamyatin’s dystopian novel “We” (30 March 1949)

Letter to Fredric Warburg regarding Zamyatin’s dystopian novel “We” (30 March 1949)

Cranham, Gloucester 30 March 1949 Dear Fred, Thanks for your letter.1 I read “We” about a couple of years ago & don’t think I particularly want the galleys. I didn’t wish to force it on you, & I merely thought it might be worth your while & at any rate ought to be re-issued by...
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Eileen Blair to her mother from Barcelona (22 March 1937)

Eileen Blair to her mother from Barcelona (22 March 1937)

22 March 1937 Seccion Inglesa 10 Rambla de los Estudios Barcelona.1 Dearest Mummy, I enclose a ‘letter’ I began to write to you in the trenches! It ends abruptly— I think I’ve lost a sheet—& is practically illegible but you may as well have a letter written from a real fighting line, & you’ll...
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