Cory Doctorow at boingboing links to an announcement from The Orwell Prize that starting August 9th, they will begin posting diary entries from George Orwell's 1938 diaries at orwelldiaries.wordpress.com. Whether you're an English teacher, a History teacher or just a fan of Orwell's books, this is a great opportunity to get insight into what he was thinking and his views - during a very turbulent time - on world events. It's interesting to consider what greater writers from the past would have thought of blogging, podcasting and video as communications media and how they would have used them.
From 9th August 2008, you will be able to gather your own impression of Orwell’s face from reading his most strongly individual piece of writing: his diaries. The Orwell Prize is delighted to announce that, to mark the 70th anniversary of the diaries, each diary entry will be published on this blog exactly seventy years after it was written, allowing you to follow Orwell’s recuperation in Morocco, his return to the UK, and his opinions on the descent of Europe into war in real time. The diaries end in 1942, three years into the conflict.