Saturday, May 12, 2018

Adam Roberts on Finishing an Unpublished Anthony Burgess Novel

“Edward the Black Prince is one of the most extraordinary figures in medieval history”, Roberts begins, giving us an idea of what to expect from The Black Prince, “if you read about him in a work of fiction you’d find him hard to credit: handsome, chivalrous, ruthless, with a string of extraordinary against-the-odds military victories to his credit, the first won when he was just 17. I knew Burgess had planned to write a novel about him in the 1970s, because he talked about it in an interview he gave to the Paris Review; and I was intrigued by how much of the project he drafted. So I got in touch with the estate and we ended up having a conversation about writing a novel based on his idea and the screenplay he wrote.”

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