Friday, 25 November 2011
Burgess archive contains wealth of unseen material
Left to the Anthony Burgess Foundation by the writer's widow Liana, the archive contains an expanded lexicon of Clockwork Orange slang and an unseen opera libretto
An article in The Observer revealed that more and more previously unseen Burgess material is coming to light as the archive is explored. It has already been found to contain the libretto and score of an opera about Leon Trotsky and an unmade TV series about Atilla the Hun, as well as additions to the vocabulary of Nasdat, the argot spoken by the droogs in A Clockwork Orange.
Last week, five song lyrics written by Burgess were performed in Manchester for the first time as A Clockwork Operetta. Next year is the 50th anniversary of the publication of A Clockwork Orange.
You can read the full article at http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/nov/20/anthony-burgess-archive-opened?newsfeed=true
Thanks to writers-online for alerting us to this piece