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8.17.2005 

genius of the week


Anthony Burgess (b. John Burgess Wilson) was an English novelist and critic who lived from 1917 to 1993. He was also active as a composer, librettist, poet, playwright, screenwriter, journalist, broadcaster, translator and educationalist. His fiction includes the Malayan trilogy (The Long Day Wanes) on the dying days of Britain's empire in the East; the Enderby cycle, about a reclusive poet and his muse; the cult classic A Clockwork Orange; and the Tolstoyan long novel Earthly Powers. He produced critical studies of Joyce, Hemingway, Shakespeare and Lawrence, translated Cyrano de Bergerac, Oedipus the King and Carmen for theater, and scripted Jesus of Nazareth and Moses the Lawgiver for the screen.

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