The true story of journalist Eric Blair, whose pen name was George Orwell, and his adopted son Richard, could seem fictional. It is certainly sad.
Eric Blair died in January 1950 at the age of 46. Richard was six years old. Blair and his wife Eileen adopted Richard Horatio at the age of three weeks. It is said that Blair burned the birth parents’ names from the birth certificate. After Eileen’s death, Richard was cared for by a nanny and later by Blair’s younger sister Avril. On Blair’s death, Avril became Richard’s legal guardian.
The effect of the burned certificate on Richard’s attempts to learn more about his birth parents is unknown.
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