Books: For He's a Jolly Good Fellow the Pianoplayers

by Anthony Burgess; Arbor House; 208 pages; $16.95

During the past three decades, Author Anthony Burgess has produced a truly stupendous volume of writing. The number of his novels now approaches 30. There have also been more than 20 other books, including nonfiction, literary criticism, biography, children's stories, poems, plays and translations, not to mention screenplays and a relentless stream of uncollected reviews and journalistic pieces. This frenzy of production has made the author famous and, paradoxically, a tad unwelcome. Readers and reviewers, confronted regularly with someone who makes himself impossible to ignore, are likely to decide to do just that. A new Burgess? Never mind; let it pass....

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