The Eve of St. Venus

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1st edition (publ. Sidgwick & Jackson)

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

The 1981 edition of the book, which Burgess described as a "tribute to matrimony", was dedicated to the Prince and Princess of Wales, who had married that year. Burgess wrote in the preface to the 1984 edition: "I dedicate this work to all...who...having achieved [marriage]...are still not disillusioned with it."

The Prince and Princess of Wales separated in 1992 and were divorced in 1996.