"When I first began to write fiction, I didn't think I was a comic writer; I thought I was a serious writer. I was surprised when the first novel I wrote was regarded as a funny novel."John Anthony Burgess Wilson, FRSL (25 February 1917 – 22 November 1993), better known as "Anthony Burgess", was an English writer and Russian linguist, most famous for A Clockwork Orange. He also contributed the caveman language to Quest for Fire.Burgess' novels tend to focus on language acquisition, Conlang and New Speak, and many are quite incomprehsensible at first as a result. As much as he tried to cast Protection from Editors (preferring the audience to figure things out for themselves), his publishers have consistently managed to sneak in glossaries and explanations.