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img311How does one describe the enigmatic Anthony Burgess author of over 30 novels, music composer at large, and best known to some for his dystopian cult novel A Clockwork Orange? The answer is you do not. You take in some of the facts and see Stanley Kubrick’s 1971 movie made after the book and read some of Burgess’s works. If you saw the movie in the seventies and read any George Orwell’s books, then go see the movie again. The story is most fitting in today’s world.

The above book, The Clockwork Testament or Endersby’s End is shown here in the first American edition of 1975. I am not sure the artwork for the British edition is the same as shown here. Is the Enderby character the personification of Anthony Burgess?

img313Very seldom in my opinion, will you find a more fitting illustrative art that makes the key person so realistic than in this book.

img312img314The superb 12 black and white illustrations in this volume were done by the fabulous Quay Brothers, two artistic “identical” twins Stephen and Timothy.

My best advice to get to know Mr. Burgess would be to listen to this 1989 wonderful BBC interview with the author and then read this book, I wished I had.

I have not been able to find out much more about other illustrative work by the Quay brothers who are very interesting film makers and honored at the MOMA last year, but be sure to read the last link for an excellent bio on the Quays with information on their earlier careers. In the absurd world of Mr. Enderby this video clip by the Quay Brothers is not out of place even though the town is Prague and not New York and times were different then, were they not?

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