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Anthony Burgess - Life Stories, Books, and Links
 
Biographical Information

Stories about Anthony Burgess

Selected works by this author

Selected books about / related to this author

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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION
 
Picture of Anthony Burgess, author of A Clockwork Orange
Anthony Burgess   (1917 - 1993)
 
Category:  English Literature
 
Born:  February 25, 1917
Manchester, England
 
Died:  November 25, 1993
London, England
 
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Anthony Burgess - LIFE STORIES
 
 
5/14/1962     Cutting A Clockwork Orange
On this day in 1962 Anthony Burgess's A Clockwork Orange was published. Although many do not think it his best novel -- the vote seems to go to Earthly Powers (1980) -- A Clockwork Orange made Burgess internationally famous, largely due to the 1971 Stanley Kubrick film and the controversy which arose concerning its violence and its missing last chapter.
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SELECTED WORKS BY THIS AUTHOR
 
 
A Clockwork Orange
fiction
 
Earthly Powers
fiction
 
Ernest Hemingway
biography
 
Re: Joyce
biography, literary analysis
 
Shakespeare
biography, literary history
 
The Wanting Seed
fiction
 
 
FIND BOOKS BY ANTHONY BURGESS AT Powell's Books
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SELECTED BOOKS ABOUT (or related to) THIS AUTHOR
 
 
Anthony Burgess: A Life
by Roger Lewis
biography
 
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Guardian Unlimited Books
Offers a concise overview of the life and works of Anthony Burgess, a review of Roger Lewis's biography ("Roger Lewis makes the basic mistake of confusing fiction with fact"), an obituary, selected articles on hyper-violence, and other features.

"Burgess saw writing very much as a trade, accepting Samuel Johnson's dictum that only a fool ever wrote, except for money; he considered that his reputation for readability over brilliance stemmed from his prolific dabbling, encompassing reviewing, criticism, history, poetry, librettos and symphonies as well as novels (his oeuvre includes a coffee-table history of sleep, And So To Bed). As he said, 'The trouble began with Forster. After him it was considered ungentlemanly to write more than five or six novels.' He will always be most famous for a Kubrick-coloured perception of A Clockwork Orange's ultraviolence, though William Burroughs, another linguistic experimenter, said of the novel: 'I do not know of any other writer who has done as much with language as Mr Burgess has done here.'"
Interview with Don Swaim
"Best known for his novel, A Clockwork Orange, Anthony Burgess talks about being told by his doctor in 1959 that he had a fatal brain tumor with only a year to live. That was when Burgess became a full-time writer and wrote his famous novel. The doctor was wrong and Burgess would live and write for another forty years. In this 1985 interview with Don Swaim, Burgess ... talks about the writer, T. S. Eliot, whom Burgess calls a "prophet" with ideas similar to Zen Buddhists ... [and] expains why he thinks all writers are dangerous and says that all a successful writer needs to produce is 1,000 words per day." (32 minutes)
The Anthony Burgess Newsletter
Features essays and articles on a diverse range of topics, including A Clockwork Orange, The Malayan Trilogy, and his biographical works. Also offers Burgess's Acceptance Speech for Kubrick's film adaptation of A Clockwork Orange.

"The Anthony Burgess Newsletter, published biannually on the Anthony Burgess Center Website, includes original articles, reminiscences, announcements of work-in-progress, reviews, interviews, notices of performances and of all events related to the work of Anthony Burgess."
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