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The real life of Anthony Burgess

Author: Andrew Biswell
Publisher: London : Picador, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Anthony Burgess has always attracted acclaim and notoriety in roughly equal measure. Admired for the scope and inventiveness of his literary novels - including Earthly Powers and the Enderby Quartet - and known to a wider audience as the author of the ultra-violent shocker A Clockwork Orange, he was also a brilliant polymath who for many years regarded himself as a composer rather than a writer." "Born in  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographie
Biography
Named Person: Anthony Burgess; Anthony Burgess; Anthony Burgess; Anthony Burgess
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Andrew Biswell
ISBN: 0330481703 9780330481700
OCLC Number: 62123732
Description: 434 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. Manchester --
2. University --
3. The Army and Gibraltar --
4. Schoolmaster --
5. Beds in the East --
6. No End to Anthony --
7. Tolchoking and Sheer Vandalism --
8. The Bawdy Bard --
9. 'I Wish My Wife was Dead --
10. Real Horrorshow --
11. Anthony's End.
Responsibility: Andrew Biswell.
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"A splendid, well-researched biography." --"Library Journal"

 
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