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An Essay on Censorship

An extract from a poem by Anthony Burgess on the centenary of his birth
with a portrait by John Watson

Burgess on Censorship

"A book is perilous, a book can slay" Anthony Burgess, writing of his most famous work, A Clockwork Orange, ponders acts of censorship and the role of the writer in public life. The publication of this powerful extract from his poem "An Essay on Censorship" celebrates the hundredth anniversary of his birth on 25 February 1917.  Previously unpublished, the poem is presented here as an elegant broadsheet, printed in Centaur type and illustrated with a new linocut portrait by printmaker John Watson.

Printed from metal type and the original linocut, the broadsheet is available below or from the shop at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation.

The International Anthony Burgess Foundation is an independent educational charity that encourages public and scholarly interest in all aspects of the life and work of Anthony Burgess. They are celebrating Anthony Burgess’s centenary throughout 2017 with an international programme of publications, research projects, public events and activities of all kinds.

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Last updated by K. Whalen, 19 February 2017