I knew Anthony Burgess, in a passing sort of way, first, when he was the writer-in-residence at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill in 1969-70. I had just begun my doctoral studies in English and lived with a number of other Jesuits who were pursuing degrees at either Chapel Hill or nearby Duke […]

Deep in the Burgess Foundation collections is a treasure trove of reel-to-reel tapes and films in now obsolete media. We have managed to digitise some of this valuable material but much still remains to be discovered. One particularly intriguing item is this tape labelled ‘The Eyes Of New York’ by Anthony Burgess. According to the […]

Burgess’s inscribed copy of Sinclair Lewis’s It Can’t Happen Here (1935) displays the tag-line ‘The Ultimate Triumph of the Silent Majority’, something that indicates the novel’s relevance today. Burgess says in The Novel Now (1967), the book proves that ‘America can have its own bad dreams’, with antagonist Senator ‘Buzz’ Windrip securing presidential victory, dissolving […]