Search Results: "Anthony Burgess"


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SHAKESPEARE by Anthony Burgess
Released: Oct. 14, 1970

With a little highly educated guesswork but no invention, with great humor and infinite admiration, the "nth" attempt to recreate the life and society from which the plays and poems stemmed, as well as to lend substance to the shadow of the man. Read full book review >

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THE PIANOPLAYERS by Anthony Burgess
Released: Oct. 22, 1986

"All in all, mostly fine entertainment from an author who has put his passion and learning for music (This Man and Music, 1983) to devilishly good use."
From the prolific Burgess (The Kingdom of the Wicked, Enderby's Dark Lady, etc.) comes a rollicking, bawdy paean to (mainly) vaudeville life in English seaside towns of the late 20's. Read full book review >

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BYRNE by Anthony Burgess
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"This is a swan song like no other, and one of the most delightful books of the decade."
The prolific (over 50 books) and protean Burgess (1917-93), author of such amazingly varied fictions as Enderby (1967), Napoleon Symphony (1974), and A Dead Man in Deptford (1995), left this rambunctious "novel in verse" completed at his death. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 20, 1993

"If the role of literature, as Burgess says, is to challenge the commonplace uses of words—to use language inventively and to exploit it aesthetically—then this remarkable book is a rare contribution to the literature of language: a love affair explained and shared."
Burgess has demonstrated his passion for language in his fiction, his essays and reviews, and his multivolumed autobiography (You've Had Your Time, 1991, etc.)—but now, at age 76, he explains it, sharing in this personable yet encyclopedic survey his intimate and extensive knowledge of the "miracle" of it. Read full book review >

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BEARD'S ROMAN WOMEN by Anthony Burgess
Released: Sept. 1, 1976

"It's been a clever performance but fades out quickly."
In A Clockwork Orange (1962), Burgess tried to chill us with the portrait of a culture that takes its values from the television set. Read full book review >

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THE WANTING SEED by Anthony Burgess
Released: June 15, 1963

"His starting pace is fast and pointed, but this slows to a crawl when wit becomes predictable silliness and when his characters go from hungry flesh to cardboard."
London, far in the unwholesome future, has a totally-directed society where miscegenation has ruined Anglo-Saxon ways and features; where homosexuality is the official order-of-the-day and where insistent heterosexuals are kept to a low quota for reproduction. Read full book review >

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THE DEVIL'S MODE by Anthony Burgess
Released: Nov. 27, 1989

"For serious fans only."
Nine short stories from the English-born author of the Enderby series, Clockwork Orange, Any Old Iron, and numerous other milestones. Read full book review >

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Released: Dec. 1, 1998

"We can only hope that this is not the last of Burgess's literary remains."
While this posthumous collection of essays, articles, and occasional pieces from the last two decades of Burgess's life hardly ranks with his more signal works such as Byrne, (1997), and Clockwork Orange, (1962), its erudition, deftness, and polymathic range make it an exceptionally good read. Read full book review >

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Released: May 1, 1991

"Tiptop—though the second half is less satiric."
Burgess's best book and, he's said, his last: the second and final part of his autobiography, following Little Wilson and Big God (1986). Read full book review >

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A CLOCKWORK ORANGE by Anthony Burgess
Released: Jan. 8, 1962

"What happens to Alex is terrible but it is worse for the reader."
The previous books of this author (Devil of a State — 1962 — The Right to an Answer — 1961) had valid points of satire, some humor, and a contemporary view, but here the picture is all out—from a time in the future to an argot that makes such demands on the reader that no one could care less after the first two pages. Read full book review >

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NOTHING LIKE THE SUN by Anthony Burgess
Released: Sept. 21, 1964

"The novel's no classic but the writing's grand."
Who was the Dark Lady of the Sonnets? Read full book review >

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MF by Anthony Burgess
Released: March 1, 1971

"Burgess does something comparable for his claque and other readers with Olympian patience."
The title initials stand first for the hero, Miles Faber, peculiarly orphaned and at twenty ripe for some rite of passage or other. Read full book review >