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Anthony Burgess (1) [1917–1993]

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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)
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A Clockwork Orange 23,512 copies, 363 reviews
Earthly Powers 1,660 copies, 32 reviews
The Wanting Seed 1,058 copies, 22 reviews
A Dead Man in Deptford 828 copies, 18 reviews
Nothing Like the Sun 648 copies, 13 reviews
The Kingdom of the Wicked 490 copies, 10 reviews
The End of the World News 488 copies, 2 reviews
Tremor of Intent 419 copies, 5 reviews
1985 398 copies, 5 reviews
Shakespeare 390 copies, 5 reviews
Honey for the Bears 388 copies, 2 reviews
The Doctor Is Sick 387 copies, 2 reviews
Any Old Iron 373 copies, 3 reviews
Little Wilson and Big God 348 copies, 3 reviews
One Hand Clapping: A Novel 284 copies, 2 reviews
The Devil's Mode 281 copies, 4 reviews
The Pianoplayers 270 copies, 2 reviews
99 Novels 268 copies, 12 reviews
M/F 239 copies, 5 reviews
Napoleon Symphony 236 copies, 2 reviews
Inside Mr. Enderby 218 copies, 4 reviews
You've Had Your Time 218 copies, 2 reviews
Jesus of Nazareth [1977 film] (Screenwriter) 193 copies, 4 reviews
Abba Abba 185 copies, 3 reviews
Enderby's Dark Lady 184 copies, 1 review
The Eve of Saint Venus 182 copies, 5 reviews
Homage to Qwert Yuiop 158 copies, 2 reviews
Byrne 157 copies, 2 reviews
Mozart and the Wolf Gang 136 copies, 1 review
Ernest Hemingway and His World 127 copies, 2 reviews
Man of Nazareth 118 copies, 3 reviews
Language Made Plain 103 copies, 3 reviews
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On Going to Bed 98 copies, 2 reviews
Devil of a State 92 copies, 1 review
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The Worm and the Ring 18 copies, 1 review
The Book of Tea (Introduction) 12 copies, 1 review
The Muse {short story} 7 copies, 1 review
2002 1 copy
Snow 1 copy
Cyrano de Bergerac (Translator, some editions) 6,609 copies, 73 reviews
The Gormenghast Trilogy (Introduction, some editions) 4,035 copies, 66 reviews
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You Only Live Twice (Introduction, some editions) 2,571 copies, 36 reviews
Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama (Contributor, some editions) 853 copies, 7 reviews
The World Treasury of Science Fiction (Contributor) 801 copies, 2 reviews
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A Clockwork Orange [1971 film] (Original Story) 462 copies, 9 reviews
The Aerodrome (Introduction, some editions) 213 copies, 4 reviews
Modern Irish Short Stories (Preface) 205 copies, 2 reviews
Candy Is Dandy: The Best of Ogden Nash (Foreword, some editions) 201 copies, 1 review
The Pick of Punch (Contributor) 172 copies, 1 review
The Book of Spies. An Anthology of Literary Espionage (Contributor) 161 copies, 5 reviews
A Shorter Finnegans Wake (Editor) 137 copies
The Best American Essays 1993 (Contributor) 109 copies
The Big Book of Sherlock Holmes Stories (Contributor) 108 copies, 3 reviews
The Book of Tea: Revised and Updated Edition (Preface, some editions) 97 copies, 3 reviews
Cyrano de Bergerac [1990 film] (Translator, some editions) 91 copies, 1 review
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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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