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"Why I am Eight Years Younger than Anthony Burgess" (1987) Summary and Analysis

Publication of the first part of Anthony Burgess' autobiography, Little Wilson and Big God, is the occasion for this essay by Vidal which is both personal recollection of friendship with Burgess and a professional appreciation for his talents as author. The title derives from Burgess' (nye John Wilson in 1917) encounter with a Catholic priest as a schoolboy who said his questioning the church amounted to a case of "Little Wilson and Big God."

The title of the essay derives from an encounter Vidal had with Burgess' wife, Lynne, in 1964 when Mrs. Burgess let him know she was unhappy with the fact Vidal's novel, Julian, had been chosen as a selection of the Book Society in England—despite the fact he was and...

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