'Biswell's judicious study makes you want to read the books
-- Pick of the Week, Sunday Times
'Through its fair-minded, attentive scholarship, this biography
achieves a sort of grace all of its own.'
'[An] impeccable biography' -- Sunday Telegraph
Anthony Burgess has always attracted acclaim and notoriety in roughly equal measure. Admired worldwide for his literary novels -- including Earthly Powers and the Enderby quartet -- he is known to a wider audience as the author of the ultra-violent shocker, A Clockwork Orange. Burgess was a brilliant polymath who for many years regarded himself as a composer rather than a writer. This book looks his solitary childhood, his haphazard education, his anti-heroic army career, his gloomy post-war provincial teaching, and his colourful travels to such diverse places as Malaya, Rome and Leningrad. Burgess's was a unique creativity that engendered complicated relationships with his friends, his publishers, his first wife, his lovers, and other writers such as Graham Greene and William Burroughs. Drawing on extensive interviews, unpublished writings, manuscripts, letters and diaries, The Real Life of Anthony Burgess reveals both the professional writer and the private man as he has never been seen before.
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About the Author
Andrew Biswell has been researching and publishing articles on Anthony Burgess since 1995. He is a lecturer in the English Department at Manchester Metropolitan University. He also contributes regular fiction reviews to TLS
, The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian
, Scotland on Sunday
and The Boston Globe
. This is his first book.