George Orwell (1903-1950) and Henry Miller (1891-1980) had a significant meeting in December 1936. Orwell was on his way to fight in the Spanish Civil War and he stopped off in Paris to visit Miller in his flat. Miller asked him why he was going to a war that was not his business and suggested that he would be more useful if he continued with his writing. Orwell replied that, by doing nothing, Miller was in fact helping the fascist cause and that they would shoot Miller's head off once they gained power. At the end of their meeting, Miller gave Orwell a coat to wear throughout the winter on the Spanish front. They never met again.