Mozart and the Wolf Gang

By Anthony Burgess

Edited by Alan Shockley

Mozart and the Wolf Gang

Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-3272-7
  • Pages: 224
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £80.00
  • Published Date: June 2023
  • BIC Category: Twentieth Century Literature, FICTION / Literary, LITERARY CRITICISM / Modern / 20th Century, Literature & literary studies / Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers, Fiction & related items / Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
  • Series: The Irwell Edition of the Works of Anthony Burgess


Written in 1991 to commemorate the bicentennial of Mozart's death, Burgess's novella-length piece is a compendium of themes, genres and even art-forms revolving around the one central preoccupation of the entire Burgess oeuvre: the reconcilability of life and art. This is a kaleidoscope of a book, which stretches even the bounds of even Anthony Burgess's fiction in an attempt to understand Mozart through celestial dialogue, an opera libretto, and fragments of a film script.

As gracefully witty as it is daringly experimental, Mozart and the Wolf Gang is one of Burgess's late, great works, often overlooked due to its experimental form, which nevertheless remains accessible, entertaining and yet refreshingly original to this day.

This new critical edition with analysis from noted musicologist and a first-class literary critic Alan Shockley enables this work's significance to be assessed by a new generation of readers and scholars.


Editor's introduction

The novel


Appendix 1 - textual variants

Appendix 2 - Burgess' introductions, reviews etc.


Alan Shockley is a composer, and is Assistant Professor of Composition and Theory in the Cole Conservatory of Music, at California State University, Long Beach

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