John Updike's Copy of Burgess' Little Wilson and Big God
Little Wilson and Big God.
Burgess, Anthony (John Updike).$175.00
Item Number: 102117
New York: Weidenfeld & Nicholson, 1987.
Uncorrected proof of the first edition. Octavo, original wrappers. John Updike’s copy, with a signed letter from the editor to Updike laid in. In very good condition. From the library of John Upike.
Little Wilson and Big God, volume I of Anthony Burgess's autobiography won the J. R. Ackerley Prize for Autobiography. The work describes a period of over 40 years from Burgess’s birth, in 1917, to 1959, when his time as teacher and education officer in Malaya and Borneo came to an end.The writer’s education at Xaverian College and at Manchester University, his war service at an army garrison in Gibraltar, and his service as a teacher at Banbury Grammar School (which he describes as one of the happiest periods of his life) are all covered in detail. One of the most significant literary autobiographies in English of the latter part of the 20th century, it has been described as resembling a picaresque novel in the vividness of its descriptions and its readability. Roger Lewis opined that "It is perhaps Burgess's memoirs...which constitute his best novels, his masterpieces."