Sunday, December 2, 2012

Rescue Operation for Anthony Burgess| E. L James Publishers Weekly's "Person of the year'

Rescue Operation for Anthony Burgess| 
Open Letters Monthly brings out a special issue on Anthony Burgess. Of course, they have put in huge and sincere efforts and time in it. But I wonder if there is any audience for Burgess in this age. Editors agree, in their conversation (I enjoyed reading it), that Burgess is suitable neither for bestseller crowd nor for the Pynchon crowd ( I liked their using 'crowd' for 'fans'). So why do they bring a whole issue on Burgess? The trigger is the reprinting by Europa Editions of Anthony Burgess’ epic novel Earthly Powers. Editors hope that "this special issue of Open Letters, and this republication, can help get the rescue operation underway." Go read the issue. Read also Earthly Powers, if not any other book by Burgess, to have a taste of the earlier times.

Publishers Weekly honors "Fifty Shades of Grey" author
E.L James, author of the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy has been named Publishers Weekly's Publishing Person of the year
 Is it the nadir moment of our civilization?

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