George Orwell Has a Blog

August 11, 2008

This has got to be one of the best ideas for blogs since blogs!

The Orwell Prize, Britain’s pre-eminent prize for political writing, is publishing George Orwell’s diaries as a blog. From 9th August 2008, Orwell’s domestic and political diaries (from 9th August 1938 until October 1942) will be posted in real-time, exactly 70 years after the entries were written.

That’s right, the diaries, which start on August 9, 1938 (the first diary entry-as-blog post went up on August 9, 2008) will run until October 2012 (or October 1942 for Orwell). If you are at all the kind of person that is interested, biography, literature, politics, history, India, World War II or…I guess…herpetology, simply subscribe to the RSS feed (as I have already done) and you’ll get your daily dose. In no time flat you can loudly proclaim to your cocktail party friends (as I am already doing) that you are “reading Orwell’s diaries.” Four years later you can claim to “having read Orwell’s diaries.”

For those people of a more esoterically-inclined nature, Phil Gyford since January 1, 2003 has been publishing the diaries of Samuel Pepys “the renowned 17th century diarists who lived in London.”

One comment

  1. I have always wanted to read the diaries of Samuel Pepys! Thanks for the link.

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