Anthony Burgess

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Burgess, Anthony

Burgess, Anthony (bûrˈjĭs), 1917–93, English novelist, b. Manchester as John Anthony Burgess Wilson, grad. Manchester Univ., 1940. He taught school in England and in East Asia and pursued an early interest in music. His novels are marked by a surreal, darkly comic imagination. Burgess is acknowledged to have been one of the most imaginative and experimental English prose stylists. Burgess's best-known work is A Clockwork Orange (1962), written in an imaginary teen slang and set in a classless, futuristic society, where an intelligent young hoodlum asserts his individuality by deliberately choosing to do evil. His many other works include the novels Inside Mr. Enderby (1961), MF (1971), Napoleon Symphony: A Novel in Four Movements (1974), Earthly Powers (1980), The Devil's Mode (1989), and the posthumously published A Dead Man in Deptford (1995) and Byrne (1997); as well as a study of James Joyce, Re Joyce (1968).


See his autobiographies, Little Wilson and Big God (1986) and You've Had Your Time (1991); studies by R. Mathews (1978), S. Cole (1981), and G. Aggler (1986).

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Paul Phillips's A Clockwork Counterpoint provides a comprehensive overview of the music and writings of Anthony Burgess. Phillips argues that composing classical music was Burgess's true labor of love, since he was only rarely compensated for his music, most of which went unperformed during his lifetime.
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Anthony Burgess, author of A Clockwork Orange and other brilliant works, proselytized tirelessly for Joyce's work, producing television documentaries and a musical, The Blooms of Dublin, to little avail.
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I could not avoid him when pursuing doctoral studies in Old English literature, so enormously had he influenced early Medieval Western thought and art (and as I was writing my dissertation, the novelist Anthony Burgess published a novel based on Augustine's adventures against the Pelagians).
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