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Americans will listen, but they do not care to read. War and Peace must wait for the leisure of retirement, which never really comes: meanwhile it helps to furnish the living room.

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In early 1958 The Enemy in the Blanket appeared and at once provoked a libel suit. Though completed in 1958 the work was not publiAnthony Burgessd until 1961 for what it was worth it was made a choice of the book society. The novel which drew on Edgar I.

From relatively modest beginnings in a Manchester Catholic family in the North of England he eventually became one of the best known English literary figures of the latter half of the twentieth century. Although Burgess was predominantly a comic writer the dystopian satire A Clockwork Orange remains his best known novel. He composed over 250 musical works including a first symphony around age 18 wrote a number of libretti and translated among other works Cyrano de Bergerac Oedipus the King and Carmen.

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