In Search of Anthony Burgess: Manchester (13)





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Published on Dec 19, 2010

A copy of the rare Burgess work "Will and Testament" held at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Manchester.

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International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Manchester: the great British novelist is the subject of this library-cum-museum in the great city of his birth.

Ground floor: cafe where many Burgess titles are available to buy. On the wall are photographs, believed to have been taken in their Chiswick home in the early 1960s, of Burgess with his second wife and their son.

Anteroom of foundation's offices: several shelves of translations of Burgess books into Japanese and other languages.

Performance venue: articles of furniture, and a grand piano, that belonged to the writer.

Basement: a selection of typewriteres owned by the writer, tins of the brands of cigarillos he favoured (Panatela and Henri Wintermans), an ashtray, matchbooks, musical instruments, etc.

Display cabinets: a range of Burgess material such as the hard-to-find pamphlet "Obscenity and the Arts" (the text of a lecture delivered in Malta) and a copy of the "Hockney's Alphabet" compilation containing the Burgess poem "Elegy for X".

Study centre: visible through a glass panel. Entry by arrangement. Books, manuscripts, papers, paintings, drawings and other matter associated with Burgess may be consulted. The shelves here house copies of works reviewed by Burgess for newspapers and magazines. A highlight is a painting of what appears to be the goings-on in a Sarawak Iban longhouse. The picture , dated 1957, is the one seen hanging in Burgess's house in Etchingham, Sussex in an early BBC documentary. It can also be seen (same 60s footages) in the more recent documentary "The Burgess Variations". Among many other things, one of the writer's passports may be viewed (unfortunately the passport photo is no longer extant), and some of his cheque stubs (e.g. "Gin, £60"). A copy of the rare "Will and Testament" edition can be inspected.

Location and hours: International Anthony Burgess Foundation, the Engine House, Chorlton Mill, 3 Cambridge Street, Manchester M1 5BY. Open to the public 10am to 4pm weekdays.

Burgess's birthplace: 91 Carisbrook Street (the house is demolished), approximately three miles to the northeast of the foundation.



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