George Orwell at the BBC | The writer of 'Nineteen Eighty-Four' holds true to his ideals
25th January 1948
Dear Mr. Bullock
Thank you for your letter of the 22nd January. I will do the suggested talk
with pleasure, if I can be reasonably frank. I am not going to say anything
I regard as untruthful.
A.L.C. Bullock Esq.,
Eur. Talks Director
Broadcasting House, W.1
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Document Type | Letter
25 January 1943
This letter is George Orwell's reply to ALC Bullock's invitation to talk about social change in Britain on the European Service. He makes it quite clear that despite the demands of his job his first commitment is always to the truth.
Orwell had tried to join the army in 1941, but was rejected on the grounds of his ill health. Instead, he became a member of the Home Guard, hoping - somewhat optimistically - that it could evolve into a Catalan-style revolutionary militia. His time working at the BBC has been described by biographer Bernard Crick as 'a period of painful underemployment'.
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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