ABBA ABBA is one of Anthony Burgess’s most inventive works, blending historical fiction, poetry and translation into a novel which celebrates John Keats and the sonnet form. Set in Rome during the winter of 1820-21, the first part of ABBA ABBA recounts Keats’s final weeks and his eventual death from tuberculosis in a house on […]

In 1980 Anthony Burgess spent a week at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, delivering the John Crowe Ransom Memorial Lectures. As Editor of The Kenyon Review at that time, I spent a good deal of time talking with Anthony, but there are two stories that should be preserved. One afternoon at lunch, we were discussing […]

Unexpected connections in the Burgess archives. By Martin Kratz.

Martin Kratz on Burgess and the poet John Keats

The second in a series of new articles from our Cultural Engagement Fellow, Martin Kratz.

The first blog post by Cultural Engagement Fellow, Martin Kratz.