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Anthony Burgess Papers


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Anthony Burgess Papers, 1961-1967 | MS Manuscripts

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Title: Anthony Burgess Papers, 1961-1967Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1961-1967

ID: MS/MS/ms021

Primary Creator: Burgess, Anthony (1917-1993)

Extent: 2.0 Boxes

Date Acquired: 07/13/1966

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Anthony Burgess Papers consists of typescripts, manuscripts, and other editorial matter toward Devil of a State, The Wanting Seed, Language Made Plain, and Nothing Like the Sun. The collection consists of other miscellaneous materials by Burgess, including a review of John Barth's Giles Goat-boy, a readers report of L'Amour by Docteur René Allendy, and sheet music of Song of the South Downs.

Collection Historical Note

John Anthony Burgess Wilson (February 25, 1917 – November 22, 1993) was an English writer and composer who published under the pen name Anthony Burgess. Although Burgess was predominantly a comic writer, his dystopian satire A Clockwork Orange remains his best known novel. Burgess produced numerous other novels, including the Enderby quartet, and Earthly Powers, regarded by most critics as his greatest novel. He wrote librettos and screenplays, including for the 1977 TV mini-series Jesus of Nazareth. He worked as a literary critic, including for 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 the King and the opera Carmen, among others.  Burgess also composed over 250 musical works, and wanted to be regarded primarily as a composer rather than a writer. (Wikipedia)

Administrative Information

Repository: MS Manuscripts

Access Restrictions: Open

Use Restrictions:

Users of the collection must read and agree to abide by the rules and procedures set forth in the Materials Use Policies.

Providing access to materials does not constitute permission to publish or otherwise authorize use. All publication not covered by fair use or other exceptions is restricted to those who have permission of the copyright holder, which may or may not be Washington University.

If you wish to publish or license Special Collections materials, please contact Special Collections to inquire about copyright status at (314) 935-5495 or spec@wumail.wustl.edu. (Publish means quotation in whole or in part in seminar or term papers, theses or dissertations, journal articles, monographs, books, digital forms, photographs, images, dramatic presentations, transcriptions, or any other form prepared for a limited or general public.)

Acquisition Source: Purchase

Acquisition Method:

Accession number 751. Purchased from Henry Wenning, 1966: July 13

Accession number 776. Purchased from Bertram Rota Ltd. Booksellers, 1966: September 7

Accession number 1174. Purchased from Bertram Rota Ltd. Booksellers, 1970: April 14

Accession number 1302. Purchased from Covent Garden Bookshop, 1971: October 19

Preferred Citation: Name of the Collection, Washington University Libraries, Department of Special Collections

Processing Information: Processed November 1970

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Series 2: ManuscriptsAdd to your cart.
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Folder 4: Caprine Messiah [review] of Giles Goat-boy by John Barth, circa 1967Add to your cart.
Typescript with minor revision. Signed in red ink. 3 pages
Folder 5: L'Amour by Docteur René Allendy [reader's report]Add to your cart.
Typescript, 1 pages. Signed by Burgess. Recommendation for translation to unknown publisher. Title originally published, Paris, Denoël, 1942. No evidence that title was published in English
Folder 6: Song of the South [sheet music]Add to your cart.
First sheet reads, in Burgess's hand "To Jake with the regards of the composer." Signed by Burgess. Composed for full orchestra with extensive piano part. Appears to be unfinished. 8 sheets, 16 pages. Music only

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