Anthony Burgess

John Anthony Burgess Wilson, FRSL (/ˈbɜːrəs/;[2] 25 February 1917 – 22 November 1993), who published under the name Anthony Burgess, was an English writer and composer.

Anthony Burgess

Burgess in 1986
BornJohn Burgess Wilson
(1917-02-25)25 February 1917
Harpurhey, Lancashire, England
Died22 November 1993(1993-11-22) (aged 76)
St John's Wood, London, England
Pen nameAnthony Burgess, John Burgess Wilson, Joseph Kell[1]
Occupation
  • Novelist
  • critic
  • composer
  • librettist
  • playwright
  • screenwriter
  • essayist
  • travel writer
  • broadcaster
  • translator
  • linguist
  • educationalist
Alma materVictoria University of Manchester (BA English Literature)
Period1956–1993
Notable awardsCommandeur des Arts et des Lettres, distinction of France Monégasque, Commandeur de Merite Culturel (Monaco), Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, honorary degrees from St Andrews, Birmingham and Manchester universities
Spouse
Llewela Isherwood Jones
(m. 1942; died 1968)

(m. 1968)
ChildrenPaolo Andrea (1964–2002)
Signature

Although Burgess was primarily a comic writer, his dystopian satire A Clockwork Orange remains his best-known novel.[3] In 1971, it was adapted into a 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. He wrote librettos and screenplays, including the 1977 TV mini-series Jesus of Nazareth. He worked as a literary critic for several 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 Rex, and the opera Carmen, among others.

Burgess also composed over 250 musical works; he considered himself as much a composer as an author, although he achieved considerably more success in writing.[4]