The Life And Work Of Anthony Burgess

"Autobiography: Story of one's life, written by oneself."(Halsey 64).
Everyone knows what an autobiography is, but not so many people realize that
although not all authors write a book that can be called a factual autobiography,
many authors frequently allow personal, real life experiences to influence their
fictional writings. An excellent example of such an author is Anthony Burgess.
Anthony Burgess is recognized today as an English novelist, critic, essayist,
and composer (editor CLC 80). Burgess is such a literary genius, it was once
said of him that "... his agent, publisher, and his entry in "Who's Who" could
not provide the exact number of books he wrote." (Baldwin A8). Some ...

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the series, and that will be the second
book focused on in this paper. Anthony Burgess's work in A Clockwork Orange and
Enderby's Dark Lady strongly reflects significant events or influences in his
own life.
Anthony Burgess was born John Burgess Wilson in Manchester, England in
early 1917. (Stinson 1). Both of Burgess's parents were members of the theatric
arts: His father was a pianist, his mother was a musical actress. Burgess went
to a Catholic elementary school, and was one of the many victims of the "iron
discipline and largely rote memorization" (Stinson 2) typical in such schools of
the time. Burgess attended Xaverian College, and later moved on to the
inexpensive University of Manchester, where he hoped to pursue an education in
music. He was rejected form the music department because he had failed physics.
Instead, Burgess entered the English department (Stinson 6). In 1940, Burgess
graduated with his B.A., with honors, in literature and English language
(Stinson ...

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that they found no sign of the tumor, and he was going to live after all
(Baldwin A8). This was just the beginning of Burgess's career as a writer.
Although some of Burgess's works were not treated kindly by the critics, the
majority of his novels were generally well received by the public. In 1962,
Burgess wrote A Clockwork Orange, the novel that many readers discovered
Burgess's genius through. To date, this is still his most famous book (Baldwin
A8). In 1976, Burgess published Enderby's Dark Lady under the name of Joseph
Kell. A satire in which Enderby, a director from the four previous novels in
this five novel series, searched for in England, and found in America, a place
to ...

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