George Orwell at the BBC | The writer of 'Nineteen Eighty-Four' holds true to his ideals
Document Type | Memo
25 June 1941
This memo, written in June 1941, examines Orwell's suitability for a role as a Talks Producer within the BBC's Eastern Service and recalls Orwell's interview for the job. Orwell's experiences in Burma and India are discussed, as well as his political opinions and his time fighting for the Republican cause in Spain, which Orwell feels 'may be held against him'.
Although his employment at the BBC was seen as essential war work, Orwell had made strenuous efforts to join the army but was consistently rejected by medical boards because of his ill health. The tuberculosis which was to claim his life had first appeared in 1938 when he collapsed from a lesion in one of his lungs.
George Orwell is recommended for employment.
A glowing reference for George Orwell.
Eric Blair discusses writing as George Orwell.
George Orwell invites TS Eliot to contribute a reading.
The Assistant Controller appreciates the propaganda advantage of Orwell's name.
Is George Orwell's voice suitable for broadcasting?
An invitation to comment on social changes in wartime Britain.
Orwell asserts his preference for the truth.
An exceptional testimonial for staff member 9889.
George Orwell submits his resignation from the BBC.
LF Rushbrook Williams ponders George Orwell's resignation.
The BBC regrets the loss of Orwell from its employment.
George Orwell writes about moving to the remote island of Jura.
Rayner Heppenstall asks what provisions to bring to Orwell on Jura.
George Orwell gives directions on how to get to Jura.
Rayner Heppenstall worries about what to bring and getting to Jura.
Rayner Heppenstall pulls out of visiting George Orwell on Jura.
Rayner Heppenstall worries that he has offended George Orwell.
George Orwell describes life on Jura.
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