Anthony Burgess On Martyrdom

John Anthony Burgess Wilson (February 25, 1917 – November 22, 1993)

That so many writers have been prepared to accept a kind of martyrdom is the best tribute that flesh can pay to the living spirit of man as expressed in his literature. One cannot doubt that the martyrdom will continue to be gladly embraced. To some of us, the wresting of beauty out of language is the only thing in the world that matters.