Homage to Catalonia makes little mention of his wife, except for the above, plus:I remain astonished by her loyalty to her husband. One hopes that she understood how honest and dedicated was the manbefore she married him.
In 1936, Eric Blair (the novelist, critic, and political satirist who used the pseudonym George Orwell)went to Spain to write about the Spanish Civil War, and to enlist ina Socialist Republican militia. He said he went to Spain "to fight Fascism"and that he was fighting for "common decency". Throughout Homage to Catalonia, one gets a sense of Orwell's commitment to honesty.
George Orwell was born Eric Arthur Blair on June 25, 1903 in Motihari in Bengal, India and later studied at Eton College for four years. He was an assistant superintendent with the Indian Imperial Police in Burma. He left that position after five years and moved to Paris, where he wrote his first two books: Burmese Days and Down and Out in Paris and London. He then moved to Spain to write but decided to join the United Workers Marxist Party Militia. After being decidedly opposed to communism, he served in the British Home Guard and with the Indian Service of the BBC during World War II. After the war, he wrote for the Observer and was literary editor for the Tribune. His best known works are Animal Farm and 1984. His other works include A Clergyman's Daughter, Keep the Aspidistra Flying, The Road to Wigan Pier, Homage to Catalonia, and Coming Up for Air. He died on January 21, 1950 at the age of 46.