Talk by award-winning British novelist, Adam Roberts
Come to another exciting event at the English-language Library: “Burgess’s Innocence: Writing The Black Prince”.
In an interview in the 1970s, Anthony Burgess talked about his plan to write novel about the Black Prince. After reading the interview, Roberts was intrigued to find out what of this novel Burgess had left behind. It turns out that he had written a screenplay on the Black Prince that was never turned into a film. After reading the screenplay, Roberts decided to try to turn it into the novel that never was. “The Black Prince” was published by crowd-funded publisher Unbound in 2018. It tells the story of Edward of Woodstock, son of King Edward III and father of Richard II, who spent is life fighting in the Hundred Years’ War. “It’s a stylistic pastiche that is far more than a tribute act – as though Roberts has dismantled the clockwork that made Burgess tick and reassembled it in a new form.” – The Guardian. Click here for the review in goodreads.
Adam Roberts has made a name for himself as a Science Fiction novelist, a literary critic, and a professor. He received his Master’s in English from Aberdeen University and his PhD from Cambridge. He teaches literature and creative writing at Royal Holloway University of London. He has published over 40 books ranging from novels to short story collections to parodies to literary criticism, along with numerous articles and blogs. His most notable works include Jack Glass (2012), Salt (2001), Gradisil (2007) By Light Alone (2011), and Yellow Blue Tibia (2010).
This talk is free and open to the public. No reservations necessary, but seating is limited. This event has been sponsored by the CIRPaLL, research group at the University of Angers.
Location: English-language Library in Angers