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Anthony Burgess

Biography

United kingdom science fiction author who wrote A Clockwork Orange as well as the Enderby series. He earned the Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres differentiation of France. He had written his 1st symphony at age group eighteen and had written over 250 musical functions over his life time. His book, A Clockwork Orange, centered on juvenile delinquency and psychopathy and was modified right into a cult traditional film directed from the excellent Stanley Kubrick. In 1942, his then-pregnant wife, Llewela, was beaten up by four GI deserters in her house, and later dropped her kid. This tragic event educated Burgess’ depiction of assault inside a Clockwork Orange. After his relationship to Llewela, he was wedded to Liliana Macellari from 1968 until his loss of life. He previously a son called Andrew. He once had written a study for the Irish author, Wayne Joyce, entitled ReJoyce.

Quick Facts


Full Name Anthony Burgess
Date Of Birth February 25, 1917
Died November 22, 1993, St John's Wood, London, United Kingdom
Place Of Birth England
Profession Novelist
Education Victoria University of Manchester, University of Manchester, Xaverian College
Nationality British
Spouse Liana Burgess, Llewela Jones
Children Andrew Burgess Wilson
Parents Joseph Wilson, Elizabeth Burgess
Siblings Muriel Wilson
Awards Prometheus Hall of Fame Award, Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, Prix Médicis étranger
Nominations Booker Prize
Movies Cyrano de Bergerac, A Clockwork Orange, Vinyl, 1984: A Personal View of Orwell's 'Nineteen Eighty Four'
TV Shows Cities
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#Fact
1Fired from his job at the Yorkshire Post after reviewing one of his own books (published under the name Joseph Kell). His review was negative but emphasized the book's sexual content: "This is in many ways a dirty book, and those of my readers with tender stomachs are advised to let it alone".
2He spoke six languages in addition to English.
3He wrote 33 novels, 25 works of non-fiction, two volumes of autobiography, three symphonies, and more than 250 other musical works, including a violin concerto for Yehudi Menuhin.
4He started work on scripts for TV mini-series about Atilla the Hun, Sigmund Freud, and Michelangelo; none were produced. He wrote a musical about Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky, which has never been performed, and a musical adaptation of James Joyce's novel "Ulysses". He wrote a movie script about Napoleon Bonaparte, which was to have been filmed by Kubrick.
5Burgess' original screenplay for A Clockwork Orange (1971) was rejected by director Stanley Kubrick, who chose to write his own screenplay instead. Burgess' version is considered to be even more violent than his novel.
6He graduated with a degree in English from the University of Manchester in 1940, and has been honored with a blue plaque there. As an undergraduate, he also composed music.
7His translation of Cyrano de Bergerac was first commissioned by Christopher Plummer, and is now considered to be the definitive English-language translation of the play. One alteration he made was the inclusion of a reference to Hamlet: Cyrano's list of insults to his nose climaxes with "Oh, that this too too solid nose would melt." This translation has been performed by Christopher Plummer, Kenneth Branagh, Kevin Kline and Derek Jacobi, all of whom have also played Hamlet. This version was also used for the English-language subtitles of the French film Cyrano de Bergerac (1990), which featured Gérard Depardieu, who also had a small part in Hamlet (1996).
8Son of Joseph Wilson and Elizabeth Burgess.
9Father of Paolo Andrea Burgess (b. 1964).
10Member of jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 1975
11After doctors found a cancerous tumor in his brain, he wrote "A Clockwork Orange" in a hurry, hoping that the money made from the book would support his wife after he died. He later found out that he did not have cancer.
12The attack of the writer's wife, in "Clockwork Orange", was based on an attack on his own wife by American GIs in London, whilst Burgess was stationed on Gibraltar.
13In his novel "A Clockwork Orange", he coined the term "ultra-violence". The term now appears in some dictionaries.
14Alias Joseph Kell
15Wrote the English subtitles for the French-language version of Cyrano de Bergerac (1990).


Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Cyrano de Bergerac1990subtitler: English
Quest for Fire1981creator: special languages
Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson1979-1980TV Series script consultant - 24 episodes

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Great Performances2008TV Series translation and adaptation - 1 episode
Cyrano de Bergerac1985TV Movie translation
A.D.TV Mini-Series writer - 4 episodes, 1985 teleplay - 1 episode, 1985
1984: A Personal View of Orwell's 'Nineteen Eighty Four'1983TV Short documentary
Jesus of Nazareth1977TV Mini-Series written by
Moses the Lawgiver1974-1975TV Mini-Series 6 episodes
A Clockwork Orange1971novel
Vinyl1965book - A Clockwork Orange

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Burgess VariationsTV Mini-Series documentary performer - 2 episodes, 1999 writer - 2 episodes, 1999

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Muy personal1988TV Series

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
A.D.1985TV Mini-Series composer: additional music

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Topsy-Turvy1999thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Lunettes noires pour nuits blanches1989TV SeriesHimself
The Late Show1989TV Series documentary
Apostrophes1979-1989TV SeriesHimself
Ten Great Writers of the Modern World1988TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
The South Bank Show1985TV Series documentaryHimself
1984: A Personal View of Orwell's 'Nineteen Eighty Four'1983TV Short documentaryPresenter
Friday Night, Saturday Morning1982TV SeriesHimself
The Quest for Fire Adventure1982TV Short documentaryHimself
À propos de 'La guerre du feu'1981TV Short documentaryHimself
Writers and Places1981TV Series documentaryHimself
Cities1979TV Series documentaryHimself
Read All About It1977TV SeriesHimself
Anno Domini1975TV SeriesHimself
Lots of Fun at Finnegans Wake, with Anthony Burgess1973TV MovieHimself
Firing Line1972TV SeriesHimself - Guest
An Examination of Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange1972TV Short documentaryHimself
Omnibus1968TV Series documentaryHimself
Call My Bluff1967-1968TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Il était une fois...2011TV Series documentaryHimself
Still Tickin': The Return of A Clockwork Orange2000TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Burgess Variations1999TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Le cannabis - Une plante entre le bien et le mal1996TV Movie documentaryHimself
Word for Word1978TV SeriesHimself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1972HugoHugo AwardsBest Dramatic PresentationA Clockwork Orange (1971)· Stanley Kubrick (screenplay/director)

TitleSalary
Vinyl (1965)$3,000

#Quote
1[on writing five novels in the space of a year after he was told he had an inoperable brain tumor] It can be done. If you write 2000 words before breakfast, you have the rest of the day to yourself.
2Laugh and the world laughs with you. Snore and you sleep alone.


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