Books: Panorama Little Wilson and Big God

by Anthony Burgess; Weidenfeld & Nicolson; 460 pages; $22.50

Having written some 50 books during the past 30 years, Anthony Burgess has no urgent need to prove that he is prolific. Nevertheless, a scant three months after the U.S. publication of The Pianoplayers, his 29th novel, here comes the first volume of Burgess's autobiography. It is, the author admits in a preface, "longer than I intended, and I foresee that the projected second and last volume -- whose title will probably be You've Had Your Time -- will be as long, if not longer." Shortly after this promise to produce roughly 1,000 pages of printed prose about himself, Burgess introduces...

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