Anthony Burgess

Anthony Burgess and Shakespeare

This resource examines some of the ways in which Anthony Burgess thought about and wrote about one of his greatest inspirations.

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Anthony Burgess and Shakespeare:

Throughout his career, Anthony Burgess was fascinated by the writing and life of William Shakespeare. He wrote articles about Shakespeare’s language and reviewed books about Shakespeare for the Independent and the Observer; he wrote a speculative biography with lavish illustrations, Shakespeare (1970); he wrote a ballet suite, Mr WS, that told the story of Shakespeare’s life; he wrote a TV series on the same subject, and a musical (both of which projects were not produced); and Shakespeare appears as a character in his last novel, A Dead Man in Deptford (1993), about Christopher Marlowe.