Beard's Roman Women

By Anthony Burgess

Edited by Graham Foster

Beard's Roman Women

Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-2803-4
  • Pages: 216
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £20.00
  • Published Date: October 2018
  • BIC Category: Literature, Modern & contemporary fiction, FICTION / General, FICTION / Literary, Literature & literary studies / Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers, Fiction & related items / Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Modern History
  • Series: The Irwell Edition of the Works of Anthony Burgess


Anthony Burgess draws upon an autobiographical episode to create Beard's Roman Women, the story of a man haunted by his first wife, presumed dead. But is she? A marvellously economical book, full-flavoured, funny, and heartfelt, showing its author at the height of his powers. This new edition is the first to be published with David Robinson's photographs for over forty years. The text of the novel has been restored using the original typescripts, and Graham Foster's new introduction provides valuable insight into the fictional and biographical contexts of the novel. The text is fully annotated with a detailed set of notes and this edition includes the previously unpublished script for Burgess's television film By the Waters of Leman: Byron and Shelley at Geneva, and a rare piece of Burgess's writing about Rome.


'This is a strange and hybrid tale, and the story of its publishing history, admirably expounded by its editor Graham Foster, is well worth telling.'
Margaret Drabble, TLS February 2019


Beard's Roman Women
Appendix 1
Appendix 2
Appendix 3


Graham Foster is the Research and Public Engagement Fellow at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Manchester

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