Five writers, some of whom knew him in person, explore Burgess’s life and reflect on their favourite Burgess works, exploring the extraordinary twentieth-century man of letters from different angles. The Essay: Burgess at 100 offers personal as well as critical insight into why he remains a literary figure of such importance. These essays look beyond […]

The International Anthony Burgess Foundation and the Observer newspaper are delighted to announce the winners of the latest Observer / Anthony Burgess Prizes for Arts Journalism, who were unveiled at a special event at King’s Place, London on Thursday 23 February. Judges Robert McCrum (Associate Editor), Sarah Donaldson (Arts Editor) and Andrew Biswell (Director, International Anthony Burgess Foundation) welcomed […]

As part of our celebrations of Anthony Burgess’s centenary in 2017 we are delighted to announce the shortlist for the Observer/Anthony Burgess Prizes for Arts Journalism. Now in their fifth year, the prizes of £3000 for the winner and £500 for two runners-up are for previously unpublished, imaginative, original, and thought-provoking arts journalism, and they […]

Throughout his career, Anthony Burgess has written about possible futures. His most famous novel, A Clockwork Orange (1962), is also his most powerful prophecy of a possible future world. Burgess also wrote two more future-set novels, The Wanting Seed (1962) and 1985 (1978). A section of The End of the World News (1982) is also […]

Anthony Burgess moved to Monaco in  1975, and first met Princess Grace with her husband Prince Rainier at a concert by violinist and conductor Yehudi Menuhin. After which, he and Liana were invited to several parties and lunches at the royal palace. Princess Grace, Burgess said, ‘was the last of the great hostesses. She could […]

Anthony Burgess visited Australia in 1970 to open the Adelaide Festival, an occasion that brought much calamity. Even before they disembarked the plane, Liana Burgess had a giant stuffed elephant she had bought in Bombay confiscated by Australian officials (Burgess supposed its body must have been stuffed with ‘syphilitic bandages’). She also did not have […]

Anthony Burgess was no stranger to the book tour, and at various points in his career made himself available to his fans. Novelist Jonathan Lethem remembers meeting Burgess in 1985, the latter in rather a grumpy mood. Writing in the LA Review of Books, Lethem remembers the encounter as ‘charming and spellbinding and ghastly’. Burgess’s […]

This piece, originally written for Punch in 1985, sees Burgess responding to the announcement that he was to be the subject of a biography. The biography in question, Anthony Burgess by Roger Lewis, was eventually published in 2002, but it was not the first book to be written about Burgess and his work. The first […]

Many of Anthony Burgess’s experiences ran parallel to those of JB Priestley, the Bradford-born novelist, playwright and broadcaster. Both northern writers, they infiltrated the literary establishment and went on to prolific success as novelists. Both men also had a love of music, which is reflected in their work, and both men had political views that […]

Despite his literary persona, Anthony Burgess did not think the world of television below him. Not only was Burgess a television reviewer for The Listener, for which he wrote weekly columns between 1963 and 1968, but he also produced scripts for television throughout much of his career. Most notably, he was employed by Lew Grade […]