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Huge range of unseen Anthony Burgess work, including opera, released for first time

In preparation for the 50th anniversary of A Clockwork Orange, the International Anthony Burgess Foundation is making available a huge trove of previously unreleased work – including an opera libretto for an unproduced piece about Leon Trotsky, as well as the script for an unmade TV series about Attila the Hun.

Burgess died in 1993 and was prolific in his lifetime, but his widow has turned over the huge collection of unpublished and unreleased work, much of which is now getting a public airing. Burgess even found time to work on a musical version of A Clockwork Orange, which recently had its first studio performance.

Also uncovered is the original script Burgess wrote for the film version of A Clockwork Orange. This script was rejected by Stanley Kubrick, who wrote his own, but the original Burgess version includes a range of new invented words and a very different approach to the material.

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