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  • Published: 1 July 2004
  • ISBN: 9780099468646
  • Imprint: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 656
  • RRP: $24.99

Earthly Powers




Anthony Burgess' epic masterpiece

Earthly Powers traces eighty- one years in the life of a Somerset Maugham- type writer and lapsed Catholic called Kenneth Toomey. A popular, second- rate novelist/playwright, he spends a lifetime unsuccessfully trying to reconcile his homosexuality with his faith. This is also the story of Carlo Campanati, an earthy Italian priest linked with Toomey through family ties. With dazzlingly inventive narrative spanning six decades, Burgess draws in major events and characters of the century while exploring themes of universal significance.

  • Pub date: 1 July 2004
  • ISBN: 9780099468646
  • Imprint: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 656
  • RRP: $24.99

About the Author

Anthony Burgess

Anthony Burgess was born in Manchester in 1917. He served in the army from 1940 to 1954 before becoming a colonial education officer. It was while he held this post that doctors told him he would die, and he decided to try to live by writing.

He achieved a worldwide reputation as one of the leading novelists of his day, and one of the most versitile. His writings include criticism, scripts and translations, and a Broadway musical, and he composed three symphonies which have been publicly performed in the USA. His books have been published all over the world and include A Clockwork Orange, The Clockwork Testament, Inside Mr Enderby, Enderby's Dark Lady, Earthly Powers, Abba Abba and The End of the World News.

Anthony Burgess died in 1993.

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Praise for Earthly Powers

“Readers on the lookout for a big, bold, ambitious and bawdy saga sustained by bravura ambition, ideas, facts and authorial cunning that is not written by James Joyce, need seek no further, the maverick genius Anthony Burgess has a field day in his epic race through the 20th century... Early Powers is a lively and likeable extravaganza about sin and spirituality, corruption and fear, told with vicious wit, intelligence and panache by a singular original we have never fully appreciated”

Eileen Battersby, Irish Times


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