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 of ...

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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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