Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Orwell is painfully aware of almost all the difficulties under which the present day writer labors. These range from the squalid reality of poverty (espeoially true in his own case) to a serious uncertainty over the nature and purpose of literature. However, four problems seem to stick in his mind and he returns to them continually- They are (1) the difficulty of maintaining one's intellectual and artistiointegrity in a world whioh increasingly threatens personal freedom; (2) the neoessity of finding a balance between the claims of art and those of propaganda in literary works; (3) the steady deterioration of the English language under political and social pressures; and finally (4) the hardships which the writer is oompelled to suffer if he tries to support himself solely by his writing.
Sidney, Mary Chappell, "George Orwell and the Problems of the Contemporary Writer" (1957). Graduate Thesis Collection. 411.