Enderby's Dark Lady, or No End to Enderby
|Enderby's Dark Lady|
|Genre||Mock epic; satire|
|Preceded by||The Clockwork Testament, or Enderby's End|
The protagonist was killed off in the third book, The Clockwork Testament, or Enderby's End (1975), but Burgess later considered this a mistake and brought the character back for one more book.
The aging poet has been hired to write the libretto for a musical about William Shakespeare and relocates to the fictional Indiana town of Terrebasse. He must work with collaborators who seem more interested in crude show-biz entertainment than Enderby's intricately rhymed Elizabethan-style verses, and the show's backer - the ostentatious local matron, Mrs. Schoenbaum. The co-star, in the Dark Lady role, is the lusciously black pop-diva April Elgar—and Enderby, consumed with lust, is soon tailoring the show to her non-Elizabethan talents. April is a well-educated daughter of a Carolinian family and is not unresponsive to Enderby's infatuation. She invites Enderby to her home for Christmas, where he must pose as a clergyman, preaching an incoherent sermon to a Baptist congregation. Eventually, the opening night of 'Actor on his Ass' - as the show is now titled - arrives and Enderby is forced to take over the role of Shakespeare.
- Anthony Burgess discusses No End To Enderby with Melvyn Bragg - a British Library sound recording
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