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Anthony Burgess

Birthdate: 25. February 1917
Date of death: 22. November 1993

John Anthony Burgess Wilson, – who published under the pen name Anthony Burgess – was an English writer and composer. From relatively modest beginnings in a Catholic family in Manchester, 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 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 sometimes claimed to consider himself as much a composer as an author, although he enjoyed considerably more success in writing.

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A Clockwork Orange
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The Wanting Seed
The Wanting Seed
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Earthly Powers
Earthly Powers
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Beds in the East
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1985
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Citát „What I do I do because I like to do.“

„What I do I do because I like to do.“

—  Anthony Burgess, book A Clockwork Orange

Variant: But what I do I do because I like to do.
Source: A Clockwork Orange

„Every grain of experience is food for the greedy growing soul of the artist.“

—  Anthony Burgess

Non-Fiction, Here Comes Everybody: An Introduction to James Joyce for the Ordinary Reader (1965)
Variant: Every grain of experience is food for the greedy growing soul of the artist.

„The important thing is moral choice. Evil has to exist along with good, in order that moral choice may operate. Life is sustained by the grinding opposition of moral entities.“

—  Anthony Burgess, book A Clockwork Orange

Variant: The important thing is moral choice. Evil has to exist along with good, in order that moral choice may operate. Life is sustained by the grinding opposition of moral entities.
Source: A Clockwork Orange

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„To be left alone is the most precious thing one can ask of the modern world.“

—  Anthony Burgess

"The Ball is Free to Roll"
Non-Fiction, Homage to QWERT YUIOP: Selected Journalism 1978-1985 (1986)
Source: Homage To Qwert Yuiop: Essays

„Goodness is something chosen. When a man cannot choose he ceases to be a man.“

—  Anthony Burgess, book A Clockwork Orange

Variant: When a man cannot choose, he ceases to be a man.
Source: A Clockwork Orange

„What's it going to be then, eh?“

—  Anthony Burgess, book A Clockwork Orange

Source: Fiction, A Clockwork Orange (1962)

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