NBC Evening News for Saturday, Dec 31, 1983
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(Studio) Rekindling of interest in George Orwell's novel "1984" in England noted.
REPORTER: Connie Chung
(London, England) Installation of Orwell likeness in Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum noted as evidence of resurging interest in author. Incrd. sales of his biography and of "1984" cited. [Orwell friend, author Anthony PAUL - comments on fuss over Orwell.] [BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) ANNOUNCER - notes upcoming special on Orwell.] Photos and films shown. Background on Orwell and his socialist beliefs given; his disenchantment with communism noted. [Biographer Bernard CRICK - says Orwell preferred liberty of United States to situation in USSR .] Sentencing of men in USSR for distributing "1984", which is illegal there, described. Mentioned in report are World War II, Joseph Stalin and Orwell's death from tuberculosis.
REPORTER: John Cochran