Will and Testament: A Fragment of Biography

Scope and Content

This series contains a draft of Burgess's adaptation.

Administrative / Biographical History

A re-working of Rudyard Kipling's short-story of 1934, "Proofs of Holy Writ", Burgess presented Will and Testament as part of the International Shakespeare Association Congress in Washington D.C. in April 1976. The story remains fairly true to Kipling's original and largely consists of a fictional conversation between Ben Jonson and Shakespeare in which it emerges that Shakespeare has been asked to revise the proofs of the King James Bible.

Plain Wrapper Press produced a limited edition of the work, which includes eight screen-prints by Joe Tilson, in 1977.