Anthony Burgess and Science Fiction

Jim Clarke

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THE MANCUNIAN POLYMATH John Anthony Burgess Wilson (1917-1993) had what might be best described as a reluctant relationship with science fiction. Famed as the author of one of the most famous dys-topias of 20th century literature, A Clockwork Orange, Burgess, who penned some 32 other novels as well as reams of non-fiction and musical compositions, found the notoriety of his most infamous work restricting, and regularly dismissed it as a jeu d’esprit which overshadowed his other achievements.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)28-35
Number of pages8
JournalSFRA Review
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2015


  • Anthony Burgess
  • Science fiction
  • Dystopia
  • Literary History


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