Anthony Burgess
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"John Anthony Burgess Wilson", – who published under the pen name "Anthony Burgess" – was an English writer and composer. From relatively modest beginnings in a Roman Catholic/Catholic family in Manchester, he eventually became one of the best known English literary figures of the latter half of the twentieth century.

Although Burgess was predominantly a comic writer, his Utopian and dystopian fiction/dystopian satire A Clockwork Orange remains his best known novel. In 1971 it was adapted into a highly controversial A Clockwork Orange (film)/film by Stanley Kubrick, which Burgess said was chiefly responsible for the popularity of the book. Burgess produced numerous other novels, including the Enderby quartet, and Earthly Powers, regarded by most critics as his greatest novel. He wrote librettos and screenplays, including for the 1977 TV mini-series Jesus of Nazareth. He worked as a literary critic, including for The Observer and The Guardian, and wrote studies of classic writers, notably James Joyce. A versatile linguist, Burgess lectured in phonetics, and translated Cyrano de Bergerac (play)/Cyrano de Bergerac, Oedipus the King and the opera Carmen, among others.

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Life is a wretched gray Saturday, but it has to be lived through.

Laugh and the world laughs with you, snore and you sleep alone.

If you believe in an unseen Christ, you will believe in the unseen Christlike potential of others.

When a man cannot choose he ceases to be a man.

When we promise to love we really mean that we promise to honor a contract.

The adult relation to books is one of absorbing rather than being absorbed.

Readers are plentiful: thinkers are rare.

I must say that acting was good training for the political life that lay ahead of us.

Evil has to exist along with good, in order that moral choice may operate.

To write is to become disinterested. There is a certain renunciation in art.

Women thrive on novelty and are easy meat for the commerce of fashion. Men prefer old pipes and torn jackets.

If you write fiction you are, in a sense, corrupted. There's a tremendous corruptibility for the fiction writer because you're dealing mainly with sex and violence. These remain the basic themes, they're the basic themes of Shakespeare whether you like it or not.