Poetry

The Novel Poetry of Anthony Burgess

It would be impossible in a short article to do justice to “the frightening fecundity” (in the words of Kingsley Amis) of Anthony Burgess, or John Burgess Wilson, to give him the name he was born with. So it seems to me better to come in at an angle, as it were, and look at poetry in his novels. The main source of this would be the Enderby novels. The first three, Inside Mr Enderby, Enderby Outside and The Clockwork Testament were produced more or less together (1963, 1968, 1974) and the last, Enderby’s Dark Lady, as a kind of…

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