Anthony Burgess Collection

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TxAM-CRS C000010

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Anthony Burgess Collection


  • 1976-1979 (Creation)


1 folder

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Anthony Burgess (John Anthony Burgess Wilson) was born on February 25, 1917, in Manchester, UK, and died November 25, 1993. He graduated with honors from Manchester University with a B.A. in 1940 and went on to work for the Ministry of Education (1948-1950) and for the British Colonial Service (1954-1959, Malaya and Brunei).

Burgess was a prolific author and composer. He wrote textbooks, novels, poems, essays, scripts for stage television and film, essays, symphonies, and other material. He is best known for the novel A Clockwork Orange (1962) but also is highly regarded for his other work. Critics judge him as one of the most prolific and important writers of the twentieth century.

Burgess died in London on November 22, 1993.

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The Burgess Collection consists of the first draft of the unpublished novel Puma, written in 1976 as a film treatment that was never made into a film. The novel is accompanied by a letter of explanation from Brian Kirby to Jim O'Roark, February 7, 1979.

Portions of the novel, which was pitched as an update of the classic film When Worlds Collide and which would have told the story of a planet [named "Puma"] hurtling towards Earth, was later adapted by Burgess into his 1982 novel The End of the World News.

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Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

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  • English

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Collection in box with multiple collections, Folder 5.

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© Copyright 2019 Cushing Library & Archives, Texas A&M University Libraries. All rights reserved.

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