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The Aesthetics of Anthony Burgess

Fire of Words

Authors: Clarke, Jim

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  • Considers Burgess's fiction in toto, and offers readers a route into his fiction which takes account of his entire literary achievement and the substantial recent academic attention it has achieved
  • Despite the sustained interest in Burgess's fiction, there has been a curious paucity of book literary scholarship about his literary work
  • Posits three first principles – that Burgess posited a fundamental duality which can aesthetically be expressed by reference to Nietzsche's opposition of Dionysus and Apollo; that Burgess wrote extensively about artists and the artistic impulse; and that Burgess often included avatars of himself in his own works
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The book is the first full-length text on Anthony Burgess's fiction in a generation, and offers a radical and innovative way of understanding the extensive literary achievements of one of the twentieth century's most innovative authors. This book explores Burgess's dazzlingly diverse range of novels through the one key theme which links them all – the artistic process itself.

Borrowing from Nietzsche's aesthetic dichotomy of Apollo and Dionysus, the book uncovers the protracted evolution of Burgess's fiction and offers a unifying theory which links his early postcolonial fiction chronologically, via his modernist experiments like A Clockwork Orange and Nothing Like The Sun, to his late classics Mozart and the Wolfgang and A Dead Man in Deptford.

This volume clarifies Burgess's seminal role as both late modernist and early postmodernist, and lucidly unveils the legacy of England's most mercurial novelist.

About the authors

Jim Clarke is Senior Lecturer and Course Director of English and Journalism at Coventry University, UK. He is the author of the OUP bibliography of Anthony Burgess, and has written extensively on Burgess, James Joyce, JG Ballard, and Science Fiction. He is principal investigator on the 'Ponying the Slovos' project.

Reviews

“This is the most detailed study of Anthony Burgess’s writing to appear in over twenty years … . a balanced and thoughtful study that tackles its subject in depth and with detachment.” (Simon Baker, TLS The Times Literary Supplement, the-tls.co.uk, December 18, 2018)
“The Aesthetics of Anthony Burgess takes the very question of creativity and prolificacy as its core theme. By focusing upon the writer and composer characters who pop up everywhere in Burgess’s novels, Clarke manages a survey of every major text and even gives a sense of shape to the whole, both conceptually and poetically.” (Joseph Darlington, The Cambridge Quarterly, Vol. 47 (4), December, 2018)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Aesthetics of Anthony Burgess
Book Subtitle
Fire of Words
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-66411-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-66411-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-66410-1
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-88237-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 303
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