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Anthony Burgess (1) [1917–1993]

This page covers the author of A Clockwork Orange.

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Anthony Burgess was born in 1917 in Manchester, England. He studied language at Xaverian College and Manchester University. He had originally applied for a degree in music, but was unable to pass the entrance exams. Burgess considered himself a composer first, one who later turned to literature. Burgess' first novel, A Vision of Battlements (1964), was based on his experiences serving in the British Army. He is perhaps best known for his novel A Clockwork Orange, which was later made into a movie by Stanley Kubrick. In addition to publishing several works of fiction, Burgess also published literary criticism and a linguistics primer. Some of his other titles include The Pianoplayers, This Man and Music, Enderby, The Kingdom of the Wicked, and Little Wilson and Big God. Burgess was living in Monaco when he died in 1993. (Bowker Author Biography) — biography from A Clockwork Orange… (more)
A Clockwork Orange 25,237 copies, 379 reviews
Earthly Powers 1,749 copies, 36 reviews
The Wanting Seed 1,099 copies, 24 reviews
A Dead Man in Deptford 866 copies, 17 reviews
Nothing Like the Sun 677 copies, 12 reviews
The End of the World News 514 copies, 4 reviews
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1985 428 copies, 5 reviews
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One Hand Clapping: A Novel 306 copies, 3 reviews
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Inside Mr. Enderby 236 copies, 4 reviews
You've Had Your Time 231 copies, 2 reviews
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Language Made Plain 104 copies, 3 reviews
On Going to Bed 102 copies, 2 reviews
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2002 1 copy
Snow 1 copy
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You Only Live Twice: James Bond Secret Agent 007 (Introduction, some editions) 2,814 copies, 46 reviews
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A Clockwork Orange [1971 film] (Original Story) 531 copies, 7 reviews
The Aerodrome (Introduction, some editions) 232 copies, 5 reviews
Modern Irish Short Stories (Preface) 223 copies, 2 reviews
Jesus of Nazareth [1977 film] (Screenwriter) 215 copies, 6 reviews
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His Monkey Wife (Introduction, some editions) 201 copies, 8 reviews
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Penguin Modern Stories 7 (Contributor) 15 copies
Splinters (Contributor) 15 copies
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John Anthony Burgess Wilson, FRSL (25 February 1917 – 22 November 1993), who published under the name Anthony Burgess, was an English writer and composer.

Although Burgess was predominantly a comic writer, his dystopian satire A Clockwork Orange remains his best-known novel. In 1971, it was adapted into a controversial film by Stanley Kubrick, which Burgess said was chiefly responsible for the popularity of the book. Burgess produced numerous other novels, including the Enderby quartet, and Earthly Powers. He wrote librettos and screenplays, including the 1977 TV mini-series Jesus of Nazareth. He worked as a literary critic for several publications, including The Observer and The Guardian, and wrote studies of classic writers, notably James Joyce. A versatile linguist, Burgess lectured in phonetics, and translated Cyrano de Bergerac, Oedipus Rex, and the opera Carmen, among others.

Burgess also composed over 250 musical works; he considered himself as much a composer as an author, although he enjoyed considerably more success in writing.

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