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Anthony Burgess on The Young by Anthony Burgess

Anthony Burgess on The Young

by Anthony Burgess


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A splendid conversation with the author of A Clockwork Orange, who had just infuriated what Mr. Buckley calls "the militant student community" by publishing an open letter urging them to "think harder and learn who Helen of Troy and Nausicaa were and, for God's sake, stop talking about relevance." One sample from Mr. Burgess: "What have I, a person of a very ancient generation, a person who's already 55, to say to young men and women in their late teens and twenties? I think I have something to say, but this is contested, and not only by the young. It's contested also by people who should know better-the professors, the lecturers who put themselves beside the young deliberately, hoping thereby when the revolution comes, if it does come, that they'll get some sort of special preference, discounting the fact that they'll probably be the first to be put up against the wall and have to face the firing squad."

Episode S0074, Recorded on December 21, 1972

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