george orwell

I was intrigued that George Orwell's home was so close to where I am in Islington, however, disappointed to find out that he was sort of a vagabond and moved around quite a bit.

I found his this charming house where he lived 1944-1947 in a now very desirable neighborhood, overlooking a Canterbury Square. (I will bet it was not as nice in his day - but how London real estate has changed since I was here in 1986)

I was happy to find out that George lived near me in the peak of fame, well just as Animal Farm was getting famous. He moved in this house as he had just adopted his son, Richard, and shortly after his wife died. A few years ago, Richard, now in his 70's had the house placed. The house appears to be residential now, not a museum.

His son, Richard, in front

I found this ,which I though was interesting...Orwell provides six rules for writers:

  1. Never use a metaphor, simile or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print.

  2. Never use a long word where a short one will do.

  3. If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out.

  4. Never use the passive where you can use the active.

  5. Never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word or a jargon word if you can think of an everyday English equivalent.

  6. Break any of these rules sooner than say anything outright barbarous

btw, If you see a copy of Animal Farm with a cover that looks like this grab it for me!

(if is going for $3,800.00(£2,953.36). happy Sunday!


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