Anthony Burgess

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'Like his subject, Lewis is an intellectual showman, a connoisseur of the arcane, a collector of titillating trivia ...Fascinated with Burgess' consummate fakery and repelled by his control-freakery, Lewis nonetheless succeeds in humanising this sacred monster.' Christopher Silvester, Daily Express The author of over sixty books - most famously A Clockwork Orange - Anthony Burgess, Roger Lewis argues, was the writer as faker and prankster who lived, like an actor, by deception and illusion. Tracking his quarry from Manchester to Malaya to Malta to Monte Carlo, Lewis assesses Burgess' struggles and grudges and in the process creates a deliriously kaleidoscopic modern classic about an antic disposition. Outrageously funny and irreverent, Anthony Burgess explores the divisions that characterised its subject and conjures a cast of drunks, nymphomaniacs, egotists, journalists and famous twentieth-century authors. 'Lewis himself has a novelist's eye for detail ...Will be read long after Burgess' works have vanished into oblivion.' Jeremy Lewis, Mail on Sunday 'This book abounds with such sublime moments of resurrection, on the wings of Lewis' mordant humour. The two of them wrestle for every page. Is this fission or fusion? Either way the energy release is enormous.' Duncan Fallowell, The Times

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Roger Lewis is the author of The Life and Death of Peter Sellers ('His research here has staggering breadth and depth, as does his relentless power of insight tempered with humanity.' The Hollywood Reporter), which is being developed as a biopic by HBO, and The Real Life of Laurence Olivier ('A passionate and monumental celebration of a genius.' Arthur Miller in the Sunday Times), which has formed the basis of a documentary for Channel 4. His biography of Anthony Burgess is published by Faber, in November 2002.

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"Not since Lawrence Thompson on Robert Frost has there been a more serious falling out between biographer and subject. The result this time, however, is one extremely lively book, an avalanche of factual revelation, vitriolic wit, and personal disappointment that buries Burgess, and then posts a sign, Hic Jacet."
- Michael Dirda, Washington Post

"One might also conclude from reading Roger Lewis' biography of Burgess, that he was less a genius than a charlatan... The result is a biography drenched in the corrosive acid of love-hate, of infatuation turned to disillusionment, which reads as a scathing attack on Burgess' work and an indictment of his life and character."
- Merle Rubin, Los Angeles Times

"It is a romantic idea that we should identify with the biographical subject... [Lewis] has done nothing less than shatter the mold of the genre."
- Carl Rollyson had his own thoughts in the New York Sun

"Audacious... Lewis has resolved, or corralled, his evolving views of Burgess in this digressive, brilliant, self-indulgent biography, whose pages of text often float atop hedge-high footnotes. It's a bravura performance, an intentionally (let's hope) Burgessian turn: outrageous, probing, debunking, entertaining, sourly euphoric, snarky. "
- Tom Nolan, Boston Herald

"Aiming to situate Burgess in the grand scheme of English -language literary history, Lewis does so magisterially... Trenchant..."
- Kirkus Reviews

"A highly stylized, psychodynamic reading..."
- Publishers Weekly

"[An] entertaining account of the legendary polymath's life and work... Lewis covers [Burgess's life] in remarkable detail... Burgess devotees...will be fascinated by the story."
- Booklist

"A spiraling, kaleidoscopic biography... Lewis does bring forth Burgess and his creative demons."
- Library Journal
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"I have been stunned and baffled by Roger Lewis's vast biography of the stunningly baffling Anthony Burgess."
- Jan Morris, author of The Meaning of Nowhere

"The book abounds with such sublime moments of resurrection, on the wings of Lewis's mordant humor."
- Duncan Fallowell, author of A History of Facelifting

"Like his subject, Lewis is an intellectual showman, a connoisseur of the arcane, a collector of titillating trivia, but with this salient difference: Lewis has a large heart and a generous sense of humor, and he waves a beguiling intimacy with his readers. Fascinated with Burgess's consummate fakery and repelled by his control-freakery, Lewis nonetheless succeeds in humanizing this sacred monster."
- Christopher Silvester, author of Roll Over And Die and editor of The Grove Book of Hollywood

"The book abounds with such sublime moments of resurrection, on the wings of Lewis's mordant humor. The two of them wrestle for every page, and so do the main text and extensive footnotes which open like trapdoors into unexpected worlds. Is this fission or fusion? Either way the energy release is enormous."
- Duncan Fallowell, author of A History of Facelifting

"For good and bad, I learned a lot from Anthony Burgess...a bloody good read."
- Stephen Bayley, author of General Knowledge

"There are passages of such brilliance--especially when he rails against his subject, whom he has come to hate over the 20-year course researching this book--that I found it exhilarating...Lewis is a mad obsessive, more of a stalker than a biographer, but he certainly brings new life to what can otherwise seem a rather tame genre."
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