George Orwell at the BBC | The writer of 'Nineteen Eighty-Four' holds true to his ideals
Document Type | Memo
27 September 1943
Rushbrook Williams, the Eastern Service Director, praises Orwell's professional integrity as well as his contribution to the BBC, and suggests that he be allowed to forego the obligatory two months' notice if it will help him to continue with his journalism.
Although he resigned in September 1943, Orwell did not actually leave the BBC until November, when he took up the literary editorship of 'Tribune', a left-wing journal founded by Aneurin Bevan with a young Michael Foot as assistant editor. He also began working on the novel 'Animal Farm', a ferocious satire on communist tyranny that was to give him his first real taste of commercial literary success.
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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