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Unseen Anthony Burgess archive revealed

21st November 2011

A number of literary gems from the pen of Anthony Burgess have gone on display in Manchester in preparation for the 50th anniversary of A Clockwork Orange.

Members of the International Anthony Burgess Foundation have organised and catalogued hundreds of unseen papers, letters and original compositions.

The resource has been gifted to the foundation by the prolific writer's wife Liana and will be housed in a renovated building that forms part of a redeveloped area of Manchester.

Andrew Biswell, the director of the foundation and Burgess' biographer, said: 'Last week we opened up a case and inside we found a piece of music we didn't know about, a pair of driving gloves belonging to Liana and a tape recording for his music The Eyes of New York, which is not transcribed anywhere.'

The gems found in the collection have already been used for a series of concerts and for an operatic version of Burgess' controversial novel A Clockwork Orange, which had its first studio performance last week.

A play penned by the Manchester-born author about the life of Napoleon is expected to be premiered on BBC Radio next year.
 

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