George Orwell (1903-1950) served with the Imperial Police in Burma, fought with the Republicans during the Spanish Civil War, and was a member of the Home Guard and a writer for the BBC during World War II. He is the author of some of the most celebrated works of non-fiction and fiction in the English language.
The white-hot reaction of a sensitive, observant, compassionate
young man to poverty -- Dervla Murphy
Orwell was the great moral force of his age * Spectator *