Anthoney Burgess

John Anthony Burgess Wilson, (25 February 1917 – 22 November 1993), 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. 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. 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.

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Literary Works: A Clockwork Orange – 1962

Spark Notes: A Clockwork Orange


Interesting Notes on the work:

The book was originally published in 1962 in Brittan, with 21 chapters. Upon its publication in America, the publishers decided to remove the last chapter of the book, feeling that American readers would not get the meaning of the last chapter. This outraged Burgess, and further infuriated him when the movie adaptation was also released without the missing chapter by another British director, Stanley Kubrick.

For this book, I have restored the original 21st chapter, as that was how the author had intentionally desired it to be read. It does change the entire dynamic of the story. I have also included the entire Glossary of the Nadstat language as an appendix.

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