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The Eve Of Saint Venus

Burgess, Anthony

Published by Norton, 1970
ISBN 10: 039308602X / ISBN 13: 9780393086027
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Title: The Eve Of Saint Venus

Publisher: Norton

Publication Date: 1970

Binding: hardcover

Edition: 1st Edition.

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New York. 1970. Norton. 1st American Edition. Previous Owner's Name Penned In Front,Otherwise Very Good In Dustjacket. 138 pages. hardcover. 039308602x. keywords: Literature England. inventory # 1147. FROM THE PUBLISHER - This fascinating early work by Anthony Burgess is a delightful fantasy, blending classical myth and farce. Displaying a high degree of verbal ingenuity and intelligence, Burgess effortlessly plays with ideas to create a riotous comedy that is ultimately a celebration of love and marriage. Presented along with the earlier and similarly themed The Venus of Ille, by Prosper Mérimée. Ambrose and Diana are to be married. Diana, however, is having last–minute doubts fuelled by her feminist friend and bridesmaid, Julia, while Ambrose inadvertently becomes engaged to the goddess Venus, who has taken possession of the wedding ring. These obstacles present the first in a farcical series of challenges—not only to the impending wedding, but also to the most dearly held preconceptions of Ambrose, Diana, and their wedding guests. In addition to writing novels like A Clockwork Orange and The Earthly Powers, Anthony Burgess (1917–94) was also a composer and critic. Previous Owner's Name Penned In Front,Otherwise Very Good In Dustjacket. Bookseller Inventory # 1147

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?This romp through a rural English manor and its ritualistic mannerisms is a glittering entertainment, a grab-bag of allusions, images, and rhetorical gems that Burgess (an opulent king of the Queen?s English) profligately casts away like mere baubles. . . . [His] verbal and dramatic alchemy turns the dross of caricature inscribed on the pedestal of an engaging fable. Sensuous, irreverent, erudite. . . . An epithalamium to the sacred, happy marriage of language and literature.? ?Saturday Review

Here is a midsummer night?s dream of a novel, Anthony Burgess in a mood of comic whimsy. A baronet, Sir Benjamin Drayton, has received a consignment of stone statues of gods and goddesses, including Venus. A ring slipped on Venus?s finger by a young man about to be married upsets a number of arrangements, including the wedding plans.

About the Author: Anthony Burgess (1917?1993) is the author of many works, including A Clockwork Orange, The Wanting Seed, Nothing Like the Sun, Honey for the Bears, The Long Day Wanes, The Doctor Is Sick, and ReJoyce.

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