Once wielding autocratic control over every thought, action, and detail attributed to their characters, they cede that unique monopoly upon publication.
Born and raised in Manchester, England, Burgess spent most of his adult life abroad in the army before teaching in Malaya with the British Colonial Service. Diagnosed with a brain tumor inBurgess began writing at a frantic pace in the hope that the royalties from his books would support his wife after he died.
He wrote five novels that year alone. When he later discovered that his condition had been misdiagnosed, Burgess continued to write and publish novels at a rapid rate.
Burgess himself thought that A Clockwork Orange was far from his best work. In an interview, he dismissed the book as gimmicky and didactic, and rued the idea that this book would survive while others that he valued more were sure to pass into obscurity.
Burgess was raised as a Catholic, and though he left the church as a young man, he retained his admiration for its tenets and doctrines.
Although Burgess was interested in and influenced by numerous religions, Catholicism exerted the greatest influence on his moral views. His portrayal of human beings as inherently predisposed toward violence, for example, reflects his acceptance of the Catholic view that all human beings are tainted by original sin.
Burgess was inspired to write A Clockwork Orange during a visit to Leningrad in There, he observed the state-regulated, repressive atmosphere of a nation that threatened to spread its dominion over the world. At the time of his visit, the Soviet Union was ahead of the United States in the space race, and communism was establishing itself in countries as far-flung as Vietnam and Cuba.
Burgess regarded communism as a fundamentally flawed system, because it shifts moral responsibility from the individual to the state while disregarding the welfare of the individual. During his visit to Leningrad, Burgess encountered the stilyagi, gangs of thuggish Russian teenagers.
While Burgess was eating dinner at a restaurant one night, a group of bizarrely dressed teenagers pounded on the door. Burgess thought they were targeting him as a westerner, but the boys stepped aside graciously when he left and then resumed pounding. Burgess insists that he based nadsat—the invented slang of his teenage hooligans in A Clockwork Orange—on Russian for purely aesthetic reasons, but it seems likely that this startling experience influenced his portrayal of Alex and his gang.
Along with English Teddy Boys, a youth culture of the s and s associated with American rock music, the Russian gangs provided a template for the hoodlums in AClockwork Orange. In his own estimation, Burgess had a tendency toward anarchy, and he felt that the socialistic British welfare state was too willing to sacrifice individual liberty in favor of social stability.
He despised American popular culture for fostering homogeneity, passivity, and apathy. Popularized by Harvard psychologist B. Skinner in the s and s, behaviorism concerned itself with the study of human and animal behavior in response to stimuli. Through the application of carefully controlled system of rewards and punishments—a process referred to as conditioning—Skinner demonstrated that scientists could alter the behavior of test subjects more effectively than had previously been thought possible.
In one famous experiment, he successfully trained laboratory pigeons to play ping pong. To many people, behaviorism seemed to offer an almost limitless potential to control human behavior, and the movement had a profound effect not only in academia, but on education, government, and criminal rehabilitation as well.
Burgess was still a relatively unknown writer when he published A Clockwork Orange inand the novel was not an immediate success. Burgess strongly disapproved of this decision, which he believed had distorted the novel into a nasty tale of unredeemable evil.
Ironically, it was the American edition of the novel that became a cult classic among college students, and it was also the edition that Stanley Kubrick used for his film adaptation. Regarded as both an artistic luminary and an eccentric crank, Burgess made several television appearances and served as a visiting professor at universities throughout America and England.
He continued writing and composing music—like his protagonist Alex, Burgess loved classical music and considered it his first vocation—until his death in A CLOCKWORK ORANGE by Anthony Burgess Presented by: Dustin Coleman Nate Nimgaonkar Dave Johnson Kristina Kazakoff. Anthony Burgess • Born, John Burgess Wilson, in Manchester, England.
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