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Before posting your questions at the 'Homework Help Board' you should take a look at the 'Frequently Asked Questions' to see if your question has already been asked and answered.

Q: Why did Eric Blair adopt a pen name?

When Eric Blair wrote his first book 'Down And Out In Paris And London', where he described his expirience as a tramp and dishwasher, he adopted a pen name so that his parents and middle class friends wouldn't find out about his live on the street. (In the original manuscript Orwell used an 'X' for his name)

A second reason for this name change might be that Eric Blair wanted to change his identity: He tried to change himself from Eric Blair, old Etonian and English colonial policemen, into George Orwell, classless antiauthoritarian.

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