Personal, literary, music and business papers of Anthony Burgess

Scope and Content

These papers have been arranged into 10 sub-sections:

1) Literary papers and music scores written or adapted by Burgess, or by Burgess in collaboration with another author

2) Papers relating to adaptations and/or translations of Burgess's works by another author

3) Newscuttings

4) Audio collection

5) Audio-visual collection

6) Photograph and slide collection

7) Correspondence and statements with publishers and literary agents

8) Papers regarding Burgess's personal financial, medical and legal affairs

9) Printed ephemera

10) Original works by other authors sent to Burgess for review or comment

Although the majority of the papers were created by, or belonged to Anthony Burgess, it does include records relating to other individuals, particularly Burgess's widow, Liana, and son, Andrew Burgess-Wilson. Liana Burgess, for example, translated a number of Burgess's works into Italian, and papers relating to such projects are included within the archive.


The original arrangement of Burgess's personal, literary, music, and business papers (if any existed) has been disrupted over time. Prior to creating this catalogue, records had been partially listed and arranged according to type or format, e.g. literary typescripts and manuscripts, audio, poetry, music scores, and translations. Records have subsequently been rearranged into the 10 sub-sections outlined above.

Where it appears different drafts of, for example, screenplays have become mixed up, an attempt has been made to restore the original order by identifying similarities in paper and typeface. Where such similarities exist, records have been grouped together, and a note made in the catalogue to indicate rearrangement has taken place.

As part of the cataloguing process, attempts have also been made to make a distinction between works by other authors that were sent to Burgess for general comment or information purposes, and those which formed a key part of Burgess's own work on a particular project. The former have been catalogued within the AB/ARCH/B Papers relating to adaptations and/or translations of Anthony Burgess's works by another author, and sub-fonds AB/ARCH/J Original works by other authors sent to Burgess for review or comment, and the latter have been catalogued among Burgess's own literary papers and music scores, AB/ARCH/A.

Conditions Governing Access

Currently, we do not have the facility to play recordings made on vinyl or magnetic tape. However, a number of Burgess's lectures, which were originally recorded to magnetic tape, have been digitised, and may be made available to researchers upon application to the Archivist.

Access to fragile records is granted in consultation with the Archivist (as indicated in the catalogue on a file-by-file, or item-by-item, basis.)


The upper date range (of 2010-2011, 2015) refers to the estimated date of a copies (of original manuscripts/typescripts by Burgess) included within AB/ARCH/A: Literary papers and music scores, written or adapted by Burgess, or by Burgess in collaboration with another author.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

The majority of records within the collection are in good condition. However, a small number are in a fragile state and access to such records may be restricted (as indicated in the catalgue on a file-by-file, or item=-by-item, basis.)


It is anticipated that the amount of material catalogued under each sub-section will continue to grow as an increasing amount of the collection is catalogued.