The Long Day Wanes (aka The Malayan Trilogy) – Time for a Tiger (1956); The
Enemy in the Blanket (1958) Beds in the East (1959) In the closing years of
British rule in Malaysia, Victor Crabbe’s tumultuous life as history teacher in
an elite local school involves hilarious marital and political strife.
The Right to an Answer (1960) This dark satirical novel was the first that
Burgess had published after his return to the United Kingdom. It explores the
themes of empire, homecoming, and intergration.
The Doctor is Sick (1960) Dr. Edwin Spindrift is sent home from Burma to
England with a curious malady of the mind.
The Worm and the Ring (1960) Set in an English grammar school, this is
Burgess’s startling adaptation of Wagner’s Ring Cycle.
Devil of a State (1961) In the fictional East African state of Dunia, father and
son disagree about fate of a buried mosaic, resulting in international attention.
A Clockwork Orange (1962) The dystopian classic follows the life of Alex and
his gang of droogs on their quest for ultra-violence.
The Wanting Seed (1962) A futuristic dystopian novel addressing effects of overpopulation on a history teacher and his wife.
Honey for the Bears (1963) Left on his own in Leningrad with a sick wife, Paul tries to sell a dress of hers on the black market, bumping into secret agents and sexual proposals he cannot refuse.
The Enderby Quartet: Inside Mr. Enderby (1963); Enderby Outside (1968); The
Clockwork Testament, or Enderby’s End (1974); Enderby’s Dark Lady, or No End of Enderby (1984) These novels follow career of professional poet Francis
Xavier Enderby, who composes his poetry on the toilet and is subverted by
love, he is thrown out of university where he teaches after achieving fame and
fortune; a much loved creation, after popular demand, he returned to life in a
pastiche devoted to theme of dead poets and their loves.
The Eve of St. Venus (1964) A novella on the theme of marriage.
Nothing Like the Sun: A Story of Shakespeare’s Love Life (1964) A fictional biography of Shakespeare, a jobbing writer.
A Vision of Battlements (1965) wartime Gibraltar is recalled in a middle aged
Tremor of Intent: An Eschatological Spy Novel (1966) MI6 Agent Hillier travels to the Soviet, infiltrating a group of scientists hoping to get old schoolfriend Roper, who has defected, out.
M/F (1971) Thrown out of university, Miles Faber embarks on a pilgrimage across the Caribbean, encountering his grotesque double and dynastic destiny.
Napoleon Symphony: A Novel in Four Movements (1974) A fictional biography of Napoleon Bonaparte, epically structured like a piece of orchestral music, his life is dominated by overwhelming women.
Beard’s Roman Women (1976) Ronald Beard confronts Hollywood, writing about the Romantic poets who appear in clashes between his bosses and what the movies want. Shelley and Keats appear.
Abba Abba (1977) A romantic novel about the final months of the life of John Keats in Rome, including Burgess poetry as written by the poet Giuseppe Gioacchino Belli.
1985 (1978) A tribute to George Orwell’s 1984, containing essays and interviews; the second a futuristic novella about a Britain, controlled by trade unions and wealthy Arabs.
Man of Nazareth (based on his owb screenplay for Jesus of Nazareth) (1979) A novel telling the story of Jesus from his birth to his death.
Earthly Powers (1980) On his eighty-first birthday, Kenneth Toomey looks back recounting ups and downs in his love life and events of the twentieth-century in this monumental novel.
The End of the World News: An Entertainment (1982) a musical in which LeonTrotsky travels to New York City before the 1917 Russian Revolution; then anevent in the life of Sigmund Freud; and a futuristic story of a group’s escape from Earth before collision of an alien planet.
The Kingdom of the Wicked (1985) A grand epical account of the birth of
Christianity featuring Herod, Pilate, Mary Magdalene, and other Biblical
figures told in Burgess’s down-to-earth way.
The Pianoplayers (1986) The career of an ambitious prostitute, daughter of a movie piano player meets with success.
Any Old Iron (1988) A Welsh-Jewish family in the early twentieth century
experiences the story of the Holy Grail, finding the sword. The story ends with
the creation of Israel.
Mozart and the Wolf Gang (1991) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart plays music,
fights with his wife and colleagues, but manages to write.
A Dead Man in Deptford (1993) Christopher Marlowe’s curtailed life as a vulnerable spy in midst of competitive world of Elizabethan theatre.
Byrne: A Novel (in verse) (1995)
The Devil’s Mode and Other Stories (1989) (collection)
Revolutionary Sonnets and Other Poems, ed. Kevin Jackson (collection) (2002)
A Long Trip to Tea Time (1976)
The Land Where The Ice Cream Grows (1979)
Little Wilson and Big God, Being the First Part of the Confessions of Anthony Burgess (1986)
You’ve Had Your Time, Being the Second Part of the Confessions of Anthony Burgess (1990)
COLLECTIONS OF JOURNALISM
Urgent Copy: Literary Studies (1968)
Homage to Qwert Yuiop: Selected Journalism 1978-1985 (1986), also published as But Do Blondes Prefer Gentlemen?: Homage to Qwert Yuiop and Other Writings
One Man’s Chorus: The Uncollected Writings, ed. Ben Forkner (1998)
Ernest Hemingway and his World (1978), also published as Ernest Hemingway
Flame Into Being: The Life and Work of D. H. Lawrence (1985)
STUDIES OF LANGUAGE
Language Made Plain (1964) (ISBN 0-8152-0222-9)
A Mouthful of Air: Language and Languages, Especially English (1992) (ISBN 0-
This Man and Music (1982)
On Mozart: A Paean for Wolfgang, Being a Celestial Colloquy, an Opera Libretto, a Film Script, a Schizophrenic Dialogue, a Bewildered Rumination, a Stendhalian Transcription, and a Heartfelt Homage upon the Bicentenary of the Death of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1991)
Here Comes Everybody: An Introduction to James Joyce for the Ordinary Reader (1965), also published as Re Joyce
Joysprick: An Introduction to the Language of James Joyce (1973)
WORKS ON LITERATURE
(as John Burgess Wilson) English Literature: A Survey for Students (1958,
The Novel To-day (1963)
The Novel Now: A Student’s Guide to Contemporary Fiction (1967)
Scrissero in Inglese (1979) (“They Wrote in English”, Italy only)
Ninety-Nine Novels: The Best in English since 1939 – A Personal Choice (1984)
‘What is Pornography?’ (essay) in Perspectives on Pornography, ed. Douglas A.Hughes (1970)
Obscenity and the Arts (1973)
New York (1976)
A Christmas Recipe (1977)
On Going To Bed (1982)
An Essay on Censorship (essay about Salman Rushdie in heroic couplets) (1989)
Childhood (Penguin 60s series) (1996)
Rencontre au Sommet (conversations between Burgess and Isaac Bashevis Singer in book form) (1998)
Spain: The Best Travel Writing from the New York Times (2001) (section)
Return Trip Tango and Other Stories from Abroad (anthology of material published in Translation magazine) (2003) (section)
The Coaching Days of England (1966)
The Age of the Grand Tour (1966) (co-editor with Francis Haskell)
A Shorter ‘Finnegans Wake’ (1969)
(with Lynne Wilson) Michel de Saint Pierre’s The New Aristocrats (1962)
(with Lynne Wilson) Jean Pelegri’s The Olive Trees of Justice (1962)
Jean Servin’s The Man Who Robbed Poor Boxes (1965)
Edmond Rostand’s Cyrano de Bergerac (first version 1971, second version
1985; new edition 1991) (translations/stage adaptations)
Sophocles’ Oedipus the King (1972) (translation and adaptation)
Richard Strauss’s Cavalier of the Rose (Hugo von Hofmannsthal libretto) (1982)
Georges Bizet’s Carmen, libretto (1986)
Alexandr Griboyedov’s Chatsky, or the Importance of Being Stupid (four-act verse comedy) (1993)