George Orwell at the BBC | The writer of 'Nineteen Eighty-Four' holds true to his ideals
Document Type | Report
10 August 1943
The BBC annual staff report found George Orwell to be an individual of high moral worth, incapable of subterfuge and one whose literary abilities make his work 'distinguished'. The document also warns that Orwell's scripts require close attention, as they can shock the more 'Conservatively minded' on occasion. Nevertheless, he gets his £40 increment - the annual BBC pay rise.
Orwell was astonishingly prolific. As well as spending long hours working at the BBC and attending to his Home Guard duties, he found time to write several long essays and regularly contribute to 'The Observer'. In addition, he wrote articles for 'Tribune' magazine, where he was to become literary editor later in the year.
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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