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Anthony Burgess on his novels
Burgess often read from his own work in public, at events and festivals; recordings would be made for publishers and publicity agents; and he would also read from it and discuss it at home, perhaps as part of the composition process. Here are clips of Burgess reading the famous opening section of Earthly Powers, a comic passage from The Pianoplayers, and a section of Napoleon Symphony; giving an outline of Any Old Iron (perhaps on a train with his wife Liana), and giving a sales talk about Enderby’s Dark Lady.