What was author Eric Arthur Blair's pen name?
When author Eric Arthur Blair was ready to publish his first book, Down and Out in Paris and London, he was concerned that his family would be embarrassed by the stories of their time in poverty. To protect them, he decided to adopt a pen name. He chose the name George Orwell to reflect his deep love of England. George is the patron saint of England, and Orwell was the name of a river where he loved to go sailing. He is best known for the dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four and the allegorical novella Animal Farm, which together have sold more copies than any two books by any other 20th-century author.
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