Hardback with dust jacket. A few small, faint marks to dust jacket. Some light rubbing to corners, top and base of spine. Some water damage to base of spine on book and dust jacket and bottom edge of pages. See photographs. Pages all present, tightly bound and free from notes. Book is in fair condition, would have been very good if it was not for the water damage.
Anthony Burgess has always attracted acclaim and notoriety in roughly equal measure. Admired worldwide for his literary novels -- including Earthly Powers and the Enderby quartet -- he is known to a wider audience as the author of the ultra-violent shocker, A Clockwork Orange. Burgess was a brilliant polymath who for many years regarded himself as a composer rather than a writer. This book looks his solitary childhood, his haphazard education, his anti-heroic army career, his gloomy post-war provincial teaching, and his colourful travels to such diverse places as Malaya, Rome and Leningrad. Burgess's was a unique creativity that engendered complicated relationships with his friends, his publishers, his first wife, his lovers, and other writers such as Graham Greene and William Burroughs. Drawing on extensive interviews, unpublished writings, manuscripts, letters and diaries, The Real Life of Anthony Burgess reveals both the professional writer and the private man as he has never been seen before.
London, UK: Picador, 2005