Organized into 2 series: Series 1. Material toward books. Series 2. Manuscripts.
The Anthony Burgess papers consist of typescripts, manuscripts, and other editorial matter toward the books Devil of a State, The Wanting Seed, Language Made Plain, and Nothing Like the Sun. The collection includes other miscellaneous materials by Burgess, including a review of John Barth's Giles Goat-boy, a reader's report of L'Amour by Docteur René Allendy, and the sheet music of Song of the South Downs.
John Anthony Burgess Wilson was an English writer and composer who published under the pen name Anthony Burgess. Although Burgess was predominantly a comic writer, his dystopian satire A Clockwork Orange remains his best known novel. Burgess wrote numerous other books, including the Enderby quartet, and Earthly Powers, regarded by most critics as his greatest novel. He wrote librettos and screenplays, including for the 1977 TV mini-series Jesus of Nazareth. He worked as a literary critic for 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 the King and the opera Carmen, among others. Burgess also composed over 250 musical works, and wanted to be regarded primarily as a composer rather than a writer.
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