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Headshot of me with long hair, pink lip stick, light makeup Kara Babcock

Read the diaries of George Orwell

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George Orwell was an English author of great talent. In addition to Nineteen Eighty-Four and Animal Farm, his two most well-known works of fiction, he was a journalist and an essayist. His topics varied; he covered politics and philosophy, as well as the evolving nature of language. Nineteen Eighty-Four has had a profound affect on our culture, introducing phrases like "Big Brother" into the English language. I'm certain that Orwell would shudder to learn that a term from one of his novels has become the title of a reality TV show . . . but I don't think he'd be all that surprised.

Beginning Saturday, August 9, The United Kingdom's Orwell Prize will serialize Orwell's diary online. Apparently this date is significant, as it marks 70 years since the day Orwell first began writing his diary. The website will publish one entry a day until 2012, 70 years after Orwell stopped writing his diary. Seventy years ago would be 1938, so this means we get to read the diary of a brilliant writer watching Europe descend into World War II.

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