Anthony Burgess

(25 February 1917 – 22 November 1993)

Anthony Burgess
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John Anthony Burgess Wilson – who published under the pen name Anthony Burgess – was an English writer and composer. From relatively modest beginnings in a Manchester Catholic family in the North of England, he eventually became one of the best known English literary figures of the latter half of the twentieth century.

Although Burgess was predominantly a comic writer, the dystopian satire A Clockwork Orange remains his best known novel. In 1971 it was adapted into a highly 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, ... more »

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  • ''We all need money, but there are degrees of desperation.''
    Anthony Burgess (b. 1917), British author, critic. Face (London, Dec. 1984).
  • ''Art is dangerous. It is one of the attractions: when it ceases to be dangerous you don't want it.''
    Anthony Burgess (b. 1917), British author, critic. Face (London, December 1984).
  • ''The trouble began with Forster. After him it was considered ungentlemanly to write more than five or six novels.''
    Anthony Burgess (b. 1917), British author, critic. Guardian (London, Feb. 24, 1989). Burgess has written more than twenty novels.
  • ''Violence among young people ... is an aspect of their desire to create. They don't know how to use their energy creatively so they do the opposite and destroy.''
    Anthony Burgess (b. 1917), British author and critic. London Independent (London, Jan. 31, 1990).
  • ''Bath twice a day to be really clean, once a day to be passably clean, once a week to avoid being a public menace.''
    Anthony Burgess (b. 1917), British author, critic. Quoted in Inside Mr. Enderby, ch. 2, sect. 1 (1963).
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