Beard's Roman Women
|Media type||Print (Hardback & Paperback)|
|Pages||155 pp (hardback edition)|
|ISBN||0-09-128400-7 (hardback edition)|
Beard's Roman Women is a 1976 novel by British novelist Anthony Burgess.
Dated "Montalbuccio-Monte Carlo-Eze-Callian, Summer 1975", according to Burgess it was written in the back of his Bedford Dormobile as he and his wife, Liana Burgess toured Europe and "partly in the bedroom of a small hotel run by Swiss homosexuals" (You've Had Your Time).
Photographs in the original edition were by David Robinson.
Ronald Beard jets off to Hollywood and meets Paola Lucrezia Belli, an Italian photographer and descendant of the Roman dialect poet Giuseppe Gioacchino Belli. Various comic adventures ensue as the narrative switches to the Eternal City.
The book is an interesting companion piece to Burgess's next novel, Abba Abba (1977): the Roman setting (some 150 years apart), references to the poet Belli, and the focus on the Romantic poets. In Abba Abba John Keats is the main character; here it's Byron and Shelley as the subject of a screenplay by the main character.
- Ronald Beard
- Paola Lucrezia Belli – an Italian photographer
- Greg Gregson – old Friend of Ronald Beard
- Leonora Beard – deceased wife of Ronald Beard
- P.R.Pathan – famous writer and husband of Paola Lucrezia Belli
- John Keats – the poet
- Byron – the poet
- Shelley – the writer
|Wikiquote has quotations related to: Anthony Burgess|
- "Obituary: Liana Burgess". The Daily Telegraph. 5 December 2007. Retrieved 30 April 2015.