Anthony Burgess

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Anthony Burgess

John Anthony Burgess Wilson was born on February 25, 1917, in Manchester, England. He was
raised up by this aunt and later by his stepmother. He studied at Xaverian College and
Manchester University, where he studied English language and literature. During World War
II, Burgess served at the Royal Army Medical corps. In 1942 he married Llwela Isherwood
Jones, who died of alcoholic cirrhosis in 1968.

Burgess taught at Birmingham University, worked for the Ministry of Education, and was a
teacher at Banbury Grammar School from 1946 to 1950. His first novel, A Vision of
Battlement, was published in 1965. In 1954 Burgess became an education officer in Malaya
and Brunei. He wrote his first trilogy Time For A Tiger (1956), The Enemy In The Blanket
(1958), and Beds In The East (1959). The work "juxtaposed the progressive disintegration
of a hapless civil servant against the birth of Malayan independence"().

Later, Burgess returned to England and was diagnosed as having a cerebral tumor, and given
twelve months to live. Burgess busily wrote novels and reviews, so the money can support
his wife. However, the doctor made a mistake; Burgess did not have a tumor. The author
lived another 33 years, producing over fifty books and journals.

Between 1960 and 1964 Burgess wrote eleven novels. The Wanting Seed (1962) "depicted an
overpopulated England of the future, caught up in the alternating cycles of libertarianism
and totalitarianism" ( ). In 1962, he wrote his most famous novel A Clockwork Orange,
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