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"Orwellian" is an adjective describing a situation, idea, or societal condition that George Orwell
George Orwell
identified as being destructive to the welfare of a free and open society. It denotes an attitude and a brutal policy of draconian control by propaganda, surveillance, misinformation, denial of truth (doublethink), and manipulation of the past, including the "unperson"—a person whose past existence is expunged from the public record and memory, practised by modern repressive governments. Often, this includes the circumstances depicted in his novels, particularly Nineteen Eighty-Four[2] but political double-speak is criticized throughout his work, such as in Politics and the English Language.[3] The New York Times
The New York Times
said the term was "“the most widely used adjective derived from the name of a modern writer".[4][5] See also[edit]

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^ "What "Orwellian" really means - Noah Tavlin". TED Ed. Retrieved 4 October 2015.  ^ Drabble, Margaret (2000). The Oxford Companion to English Literature (Sixth ed.). Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press. p. 726. ISBN 0-19-861453-5.  ^ Traub, James (January 5, 2016). "The Empty Threat of 'Boots on the Ground'". The New York Times.  ^ Nunberg, Geoffrey (2003-06-22). "Simpler Terms; If It's 'Orwellian,' It's Probably Not". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-02-27.  ^ Jordison, Sam (2014-11-11). "Do you really know what 'Orwellian' means?". the Guardian. Retrieved 2018-02-27. 

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Burmese Days
Burmese Days
(1934) A Clergyman's Daughter
A Clergyman's Daughter
(1935) Keep the Aspidistra Flying
Keep the Aspidistra Flying
(1936) Coming Up for Air (1939) Animal Farm
Animal Farm
(1945) Nineteen Eighty-Four
Nineteen Eighty-Four


Down and Out in Paris and London
Down and Out in Paris and London
(1933) The Road to Wigan Pier
The Road to Wigan Pier
(1937) Homage to Catalonia
Homage to Catalonia


"A Hanging" (1931) "The Spike" (1931) "Bookshop Memories" (1936) "Shooting an Elephant" (1936) "Spilling the Spanish Beans" (1937) "Boys' Weeklies" (1940) "Inside the Whale" (1940) "My Country Right or Left" (1940) "England Your England" (1941) "The Lion and the Unicorn: Socialism and the English Genius" (1941) "The Art of Donald McGill" (1940) "Poetry and the Microphone" (1943) "Raffles and Miss Blandish" (1944) "Good Bad Books" (1945) "Notes on Nationalism" (1945) "Books v. Cigarettes" (1946) "Confessions of a Book Reviewer" (1946) "Decline of the English Murder" (1946) "A Good Word for the Vicar of Bray" (1946) "How the Poor Die" (1946) "The Moon Under Water" (1946) "A Nice Cup of Tea" (1946) "Pleasure Spots" (1946) "Politics and the English Language" (1946) "The Politics of Starvation" (1946) "Politics vs. Literature: An Examination of Gulliver's Travels" (1946) "The Prevention of Literature" (1946) "Riding Down from Bangor" (1946) "Second Thoughts on James Burnham" (1946) "Some Thoughts on the Common Toad" (1946) "Why I Write" (1946) "Lear, Tolstoy and the Fool" (1947) "The English People" (1947) "Such, Such Were the Joys" (1952)


"As I Please" (1943–1947) "London Letters" (1941–1946) Betrayal of the Left (1941) Inside the Whale and Other Essays (1940) Critical Essays (1946)


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