Archief RC0231 - Anthony Burgess fonds

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Anthony Burgess fonds

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  • 1958-1978 (Vervaardig)

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Anthony Burgess, novelist, critic, and composer, was born John Anthony Burgess Wilson on 25 February 1917 in Manchester. He was educated at the University of Manchester. His A Clockwork Orange was published in 1962 and made into a film by Stanley Kubrick in 1971. He died in November 1993 in London, England.

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There have been six accruals. The first accrual contains typescripts. The second accrual contains correspondence. The third (28-1991) accrual is an autograph music manuscript. The fourth accrual (45-1995) is a letter from Burgess to William Cole. The fifth accrual (23-1991) consists of letter from Burgess in the personas of his cat Lalage, and his dog, Suke, to Cleo, the cat of Ceridwen Looker. Looker's mother was the sister of Burgess's first wife, Lynne, who died in 1965. The fifth accrual (05-1998) also contains an autograph music manuscript. The sixth accrual consists of correspondence between Burgess and William Ready, McMcaster University Librarian, one letter from Burgess to his publisher and two photographs.


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The first accrual, which consists of typescripts, was acquired from Anthony Burgess over several years from 1967 to 1983. Two of the typescripts were acquired from Anthony Wilkinson who knew that McMaster was acquiring typescripts from Burgess and decided to sell the two in his possession. The second accrual (23-1991) was acquired in 1991 from Waiting for Godot Books. The third accrual was acquired in 1991 from Sotheby's auction of 18 July 1991. The fourth accrual was acquried from Waiting for Godot Books in 1995. The fifth accrual was acquried from Adam Blakeney, London, England in January 1998. The sixth accrual was transferred from the working correspondence (master file) of Research Collections into the Burgess fonds in 2001.


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