Anthony Burgess

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Date of Birth February 25, 1917
Place of Birth England
Date of Death Nov 22, 1993 (76)
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Anthony Burgess

John Anthony Burgess Wilson, who published under the name Anthony Burgess, was an English writer and composer. 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 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.

Born: John Burgess Wilson, February 25, 1917, Harpurhey, Lancashire, England
Died: November 22, 1993, St John's Wood, London, England
Pen name: Anthony Burgess, John Burgess Wilson, Joseph Kell
Occupation: Novelist, critic, composer, librettist, playwright, screenwriter, essayist, travel writer, broadcaster, translator, linguist, educationalist
Alma mater: Victoria University of Manchester (BA English Literature)
Period: 1956–1993
Notable awards: Commandeur 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 (Lynne) Isherwood Jones (1942–1968, her death), Liana Macellari (1968–1993, his death)
Children: Paolo Andrea (1964–2002)
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About Anthony Burgess

British science fiction author who wrote A Clockwork Orange and the Enderby series. He won the Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres distinction of France.

Before Fame

He wrote his first symphony at age eighteen and wrote over 250 musical works over his lifetime.


His novel, A Clockwork Orange, focused on juvenile delinquency and psychopathy and was adapted into a cult classic film directed by the brilliant Stanley Kubrick.

Family Life

In 1942, his then-pregnant wife, Llewela, was beaten up by four GI deserters in her home, and later lost her child. This tragic event informed Burgess' depiction of violence in A Clockwork Orange. After his marriage to Llewela, he was married to Liliana Macellari from 1968 until his death. He had a son named Andrew.


He once wrote a study on the Irish author, James Joyce, entitled ReJoyce.

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