In this spectral novel, the screen-writer Ronald Beard is visited by the shade of his first wife, who was presumed to be dead and buried. But is she? A marvellously economical book, full-flavoured and heartfelt, revealing Anthony Burgess at the height of his powers as a comic writer.
The Irwell Edition of Beard’s Roman Women restores the photographs taken by David Robinson for the first edition, adding some additional images which were intended to be included in the novel but were left out for reasons of cost. The text of the novel has been freshly edited with reference to the original typescripts, and the editor’s introduction by Graham Foster illuminates many of the novel’s fictional, historical and biographical contexts.
This edition includes the previously unpublished script of Burgess’s television film By the Waters of Leman: Byron and Shelley at Geneva, and a long article about Rome from the Burgess Foundation’s archives.
Author: Anthony Burgess
Literature | Contemporary fiction
Book: Hardback| 208 pages