George ORWELL alias Eric Arthur BLAIR: British. Born in India, ORWELL worked in the...

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Reference:KV 2/2699

George ORWELL alias Eric Arthur BLAIR: British. Born in India, ORWELL worked in the Indian Police Service from 1922 to 1927 when he resigned on a point of principle and went to work as a journalist in Paris. There he took an interest in the French Communist Party and offered his services as the correspondent of 'Workers' Life', the forerunner of the Daily Worker. He then worked for a short time as a schoolmaster in England. Although in 1936 he was known to have addressed Communist Party meetings, by 1941 the Security Service raised no objections to his employment by the BBC or as an accredited correspondent to Allied Forces

Note: Serial 6a ORWELL's answers to a questionnaire by 'Left' in 1941, assessed at the time as showing that he was not then in sympathy with the Communist Party. With 2 photographs
Date: 1929 Jan 10 - 1952 Nov 17
Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Former reference in its original department PF 62162
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Closure status: Open Document, Open Description
Access conditions: Retained Until 2007
Record opening date: 03 September 2007

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