Don't Bite! Blind Item

Aug 03 2010 Published by under Blind Item

Which famous British author and essayist had this to say about his childhood?  +1 If you know why he's not able to follow the rules.   (And no Google searches allowed!)

"I was crying partly because I felt that this was expected of me, partly from genuine repentance, but partly also because of a deeper grief which is particular to childhood and not easy to convey: a sense of desolate loneliness and helplessness, of being locked up not only in a hostile world, but in a world of good and evil where the rules were such that it was actually not possible for me to keep them."

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11 responses so far

  • Dorothea Salo says:

    Heh. I admit I had to look this one up (hey, I'm a librarian, it's what I do) so I won't spoil it for everybody else. I'll just say "wow, poor kid."

  • Christina Pikas says:

    explains a lot though. (I cheated, too)

  • Stas says:

    At first I though it was Dickens, even though the writing style is a clear mismatch. I was not surprised to find out that it is {....} however.

  • DavidW says:

    Well, who'd'a thunk it?

    Also, I strongly identify with it.

  • Bob O'H says:

    Ha! I guessed correctly: the style is peculiar, and I've read several of his essays (and a couple of his novels, of course). His diaries are currently being published as a blog - I won't spoil it by giving a link but Google is (as always) your friend.

  • Susan T. says:

    I'm guessing Roald Dahl. Am I right?

  • Daen de Leon says:

    I'm pleased to say I guessed right without Googling. I've just finished reading his most famous book, so I'm kind of attuned to his style right now ...

  • Jason G. Goldman says:

    At this point we can probably announce that the correct answer is George Orwell.

  • Coturnix says:

    I should have posted my guess here, I guess. But I won on Twitter....

    • Jason G. Goldman says:

      Hence the "we can change the rules whenever we want, with or without notice" rule 🙂

  • EmmaZunz says:

    This is Orwell writing about wetting the bed when he went to boarding school, if I remember right.