George Orwell at the BBC | The writer of 'Nineteen Eighty-Four' holds true to his ideals
Document Type | Letter
28 August 1941
Arthur Keith, once he remembers that George Orwell is Eric Blair, heartily recommends him to Mr Pearson-Smith. Keith was a friend of Orwell's and asked to provide a reference for him on joining the BBC. Pearson-Smith was the Overseas Services Establishment Manager, 1940s jargon for Human Resources.
In his wartime diary, Orwell described the atmosphere at the BBC as 'something half way between a girls' school and a lunatic asylum'.
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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