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

Scope and Content

Records within this collection have been divided into series according to the original (or adapted) work to which they relate; for example, Any Old Iron, Beard's Roman Women, A Clockwork Orange, and A Shorter Finnegans Wake. The collection includes drafts of novels, screenplays, poems, short-stories, articles, lectures, film treatments, lyrics, and musical compositions by Burgess (or by Burgess in collaboration with another author). It also contains corrected proofs of works (in preparation for publication) and research notes.

Occasionally, works written solely by other authors have been included in this collection, such as a copy of a film script by Terry Southern and Michael Cooper for A Clockwork Orange, and outlines for a ten-episode drama about the life of Shakespeare by David Butler. Such records are included within this collection as they are believed to have formed a key part of Burgess's own work on the given project.

Conditions Governing Access

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


The upper date range (of 2010-2012, 2015) refers to the estimated date of copies (of original manuscripts/typescripts by Burgess) included within this collection of papers.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

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