The Eve of St. Venus

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First edition (publ. Sidgwick & Jackson)

The Eve of Saint Venus is a novella, or, as author Anthony Burgess put it, "opusculum", on the theme of marriage. It was first published in 1964.

A new edition of the book, which Burgess described as a "tribute to matrimony", was dedicated to the Prince and Princess of Wales, and published in 1981, the year of their marriage. The Prince and Princess separated in 1992, and were divorced in 1996.

Burgess wrote in the preface to another edition, that of 1984: "I dedicate this work to all ... who, ... having achieved [marriage],... are still not disillusioned with it."