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John Anthony Burgess Wilson was an English novelist and critic He was born in a small house in Harpurhey and was the son of a bookkeeper and part-time pianist He was found lying in his cot when he was a baby with his mother and sister dead beside him They were said to have been victims of the Spanish Flu Anthony attended the Bishop Bilsborrow- Primary School Moss Side Xavier College and lastly Manchester University He then spent six years as a wartime soldier and after he went into education he became an education officer in Malaya and Brunei In 1959 he was diagnosed with a terminal illness so he became a professional writer hoping to provide for his wife The diagnoses turned out to be wrong however he decided to stick with it and he wrote over thirty novelsAnthony Burgess was a very well-rounded artist He drew wrote novels was a musician and produced a lot of works At the age of twelve his drawings were being accepted by national newspapers and at fourteen he taught himself to play the piano and compose music He wrote two symphonies concertos songs sonatas and incidental music for plays In his very first year he wrote five novels a couple of plays and several radio scripts and stories He had all sorts of different topics themes and styles Of all his writings the most well-known was and still is A Clockwork Orange It is also his most controversial work A Clockwork Orange was his eighth novel and was published in 1962 Although this was among his best works he had his own thoughts on it In an interview done in 1981 in Modern Fiction Studies Burgess was quoted Im not particularly proud of A Clockwork Orange because it has all the thoughts I rail against in fiction Its didactic It tends to pornography John Anthony Burgess Wilson died in 1993 and will always be remembered by
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