The Life and Work of Anthony Burgess Essay
"Autobiography: Story of one's life, written by oneself."(Halsey 64).
Everyone knows what an autobiography is, but not so many people realize that although not all authors write a book that can be called a factual autobiography, many authors frequently allow personal, real life experiences to influence their fictional writings. An excellent example of such an author is Anthony Burgess.
Anthony Burgess is recognized today as an English novelist, critic, essayist, and composer (editor CLC 80). Burgess is such a literary genius, it was once said of him that "... his agent, publisher, and his entry in "Who's Who" could not provide the exact number of books he wrote." (Baldwin A8). Some of
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Throughout the rough biographical sketch given, certain points in may be selected in which events in Burgess's life can be shown to have heavy influence on A Clockwork Orange. Burgess published A Clockwork Orange in 1962, a time in
England that was marked with a great amount of crime and very violent youths.
Burgess himself had once cited this setting as the source of, or at least the inspiration of the stories of horror and violence told in this novel (Baldwin
A8). The narrator of this book is the main source of these horror stories.
Alex is cheerful in his life of crime, and is high-spirited about beating the