Earlier this month, the most talked about novelist in the English language wasn't Dan Brown, Stephen King or George R. R. Martin and his Game of Thrones series. It was George Orwell, whose most famous novel, 1984, saw its sales spike by a reported seven thousand percent.
Of course, this happened after Edward Snowden pulled
back the curtain on a massive surveillance program in which the U.S.
National Security Agency could scour the data on the cell phone and
Internet activity of U.S. citizens. Terms like Orwellian and Big Brother
became ubiquitous in the media and everyday conversation. That came as
no surprise to Michael Shelden, a professor of English at Indiana State
University and the author of Orwell: The Authorized Biography.
Hear Kevin Sylvester
's interview with Michael Shelden
vision and continued relevance of George Orwell.