George Orwell was the pseudonym used by Eric Arthur Blair. He was an English journalist and novelist, well known for his satirical works on social injustice and totalitarianism. His other well known books include Nineteen Eighty-Four, Homage to Catalonia, The Road to Wigan Pier and Down and Out in Paris and London. Orwell was a strong believer in the democratic state and his major works are all satires on authoritarian rules and the class divide that still plagues the post modern society. He was born in Motihari, Bihar, in India. He was brought up in Henley-on-Thames, England, where he went to a convent school. He was a King's Scholar at Eton from May 1917 to December 1921, when he left and subsequently joined the Indian Imperial Police in Burma. Orwell returned to London in 1927 before moving to Paris a year later. Orwell married Eileen O'Shaughnessy and was survived by a son, Richard Orwell, from that marriage. After Eileen's demise, Orwell married Sonia Brownell shortly before his death. George Orwell was diagnosed with tuberculosis in 1947 and succumbed to the disease in 1950.