All Library branches will be closed and the Mobile Library will not make its scheduled stops on Wednesday, June 19.

Changes coming to MOBIUS soon! Find out more.

The Library Springfield-Greene County Library District Springfield, Missouri
Books & Authors, History & Biography

George Orwell

"Big Brother is watching you."

Even if you’ve never read George Orwell’s groundbreaking classic, "1984", you can’t help but be familiar with his creations. The 1949 novel’s iconic concept of an oppressive, omniscient “Big Brother” hasn’t lost its pop cultural relevance in the age of the Internet and social networking (and, of course, reality television), as evidenced by renewed interest in the book in the wake of recent headlines.

It may not surprise you to know that Orwell is best-remembered for the masterful "1984" and the political allegory, "Animal Farm". But did you also know that Orwell…

Despite his short life, George Orwell left a lasting literary and cultural legacy. To learn more, check out these books and other resources from the Library’s collection.



1984 by George Orwell (book)




Animal Farm by George Orwell (book)




George Orwell: A Life in Letters by George Orwell, edited by Peter Davison (book)



George Orwell: Diaries by George Orwell, edited by Peter Davison and introduced by Christopher Hitchens (book)



“George Orwell”* (biographical essay)


“Sales of Orwell's 1984 rocket in wake of US Prism surveillance scandal; A surge in sales figures show the dystopian classic to be as relevant as ever”* (article)


* Library card required for use outside the Library

Find this article at