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Book Title: Enderby's Dark Lady|
The author of the book: Anthony Burgess
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Date of issue: 1984
ISBN 13: 9780070089693
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I haven't read any of the other books in the Enderby series but I am now convinced they are essential literature, for this fourth installation is one of the greatest novels of all time.
We follow the poet Enderby as he struggles in an Indiana adaptation of the life of William Shakespeare and his infamous 'dark lady', who may or may not be a negress. Throughout the book's span, Enderby is progressively mutated into a modern day shakespeare, and he falls in love with the titular dark lady, a one April Elgar (May Johnson). The book is effectively sandwiched by short stories, the protagonist of which is Shakespeare himself in the first, and the time-traveling Paley under the guise of a Norwich gentleman. Both stories add immense depth to the Shakespearean persona, and they serve to mirror him with Enderby, the poet.
Burgess is a masterful writer and constantly defies the logic of literature by speaking is phonetic and alternating narrators at will. A glorious novel. Highly recommended.
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Anthony Burgess was a British novelist, critic and composer. He was also a librettist, poet, playwright, screenwriter, essayist, travel writer, broadcaster, translator, linguist and educationalist. Born in Manchester, he lived for long periods in Southeast Asia, the USA and Mediterranean Europe as well as in England. His fiction includes the Malayan trilogy (The Long Day Wanes) on the dying days of Britain's empire in the East; the Enderby quartet of novels about a poet and his muse; Nothing Like the Sun, a recreation of Shakespeare's love-life; A Clockwork Orange, an exploration of the nature of evil; and Earthly Powers, a panoramic saga of the 20th century. He published studies of Joyce, Hemingway, Shakespeare and Lawrence, produced the treatises on linguistics Language Made Plain and A Mouthful of Air, and was a prolific journalist, writing in several languages. He translated and adapted Cyrano de Bergerac, Oedipus the King, and Carmen for the stage; scripted Jesus of Nazareth and Moses the Lawgiver for the screen; invented the prehistoric language spoken in Quest for Fire; and composed the Sinfoni Melayu, the Symphony (No. 3) in C, and the opera Blooms of Dublin.
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