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Anthony Burgess

Date of Birth 25-February-1917
Place of Birth Harpurhey
(Greater Manchester)
Nationality United Kingdom
Also know as Joseph Kell, John Burgess Wilson, A. Burgess, Anthony Burges, John Anthony Burgess WIlson, Johnny Eagle, Little Jack Wilson, Jack Wilson
Profession Novelist, Poet, Critic, Playwright, Presenter, Translator, Composer, Librettist, Author, Screenwriter, Linguist, Essayist, Educationalist
  • We are supposed to be the children of Seth; but Seth is too much of an effete nonentity to deserve ancestral regard. No, we are the sons of Cain, and with violence can be associated the attacks on sound, stone, wood and metal that produced civilization.
  • We all need money, but there are degrees of desperation.
  • All human life is here, but the Holy Ghost seems to be somewhere else.
  • If you write fiction you are, in a sense, corrupted. There's a tremendous corruptibility for the fiction writer because you're dealing mainly with sex and violence. These remain the basic themes, they're the basic themes of Shakespeare whether you like it or not.
  • The downtrodden, who are the great creators of slang.
  • Art is dangerous. It is one of the attractions: when it ceases to be dangerous you don't want it.
  • Americans will listen, but they do not care to read. War and Peace must wait for the leisure of retirement, which never really comes: meanwhile it helps to furnish the living room. Blockbusting fiction is bought as furniture. Unread, it maintains its value. Read, it looks like money wasted. Cunningly, Americans know that books contain a person, and they want the person, not the book.
  • 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.
  • Novelists are perhaps the last people in the world to be entrusted with opinions. The nature of a novel is that it has no opinions, only the dialectic of contrary views, some of which, all of which, may be untenable and even silly. A novelist should not be too intelligent either, although he may be permitted to be an intellectual.
  • Bath twice a day to be really clean, once a day to be passably clean, once a week to avoid being a public menace.
  • The aura of the theocratic death penalty for adultery still clings to America, even outside New England, and multiple divorce, which looks to the European like serial polygamy, is the moral solution to the problem of the itch. Love comes into it too, of course, but in Europe we tend to see marital love as an eternity which encompasses hate and also indifference: when we promise to love we really mean that we promise to honor a contract. Americans, seeming to take marriage with not enough seriousness, are really taking love and sex with too much.
  • The trouble began with Forster. After him it was considered ungentlemanly to write more than five or six novels.
John Anthony Burgess Wilson, FRSL – 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, his 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, regarded by most critics as his greatest novel. He wrote librettos and screenplays, including for the 1977 TV mini-series Jesus of Nazareth. He worked as a literary critic, including for 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 the King and the opera Carmen, among others. Burgess also composed over 250 musical works, and wanted to be regarded primarily as a composer rather than a writer.

Awards by Anthony Burgess

Check all the awards nominated and won by Anthony Burgess.


Prometheus Hall of Fame Award
Honored for : A Clockwork Orange

Nominations 2008 »

Award Nominated Nominated Work
Prometheus Hall of Fame Award A Clockwork Orange


Nominations 2007 »

Award Nominated Nominated Work
Prometheus Hall of Fame Award A Clockwork Orange


Nominations 2006 »

Award Nominated Nominated Work
Prometheus Hall of Fame Award A Clockwork Orange


Nominations 2003 »

Award Nominated Nominated Work
Prometheus Hall of Fame Award A Clockwork Orange


Nominations 2002 »

Award Nominated Nominated Work
Prometheus Hall of Fame Award A Clockwork Orange


Prix Médicis étranger
Honored for : God Knows


Nominations 1980 »

Award Nominated Nominated Work
Man Booker Prize Earthly Powers


Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation
Honored for : A Clockwork Orange

Nominations 1972 »

Award Nominated Nominated Work
Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation A Clockwork Orange