2. He Studied In England As A Child

First enrolled in a convent school and then St Cyprians School in Eastbourne, East Sussex, Orwell's childhood schooling was bleak. His essay "Such, Such Were The Joys" was a commentary on these dull years. Publishing two poems during his time at St Cyprian, he won scholarships to Wellington and Eton, two English Boarding schools. He accepted a place at Wellington while waiting for an opening at Eton. He later told a childhood friend that his time at Wellington was awful, but that he enjoyed Eton. Despite his involvement in many literary activities at the school, his grades were too poor to gain entrance into a university, so Orwell and his family decided that he would join the Imperial Police in India.

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