A Clockwork Orange (1962)

Anthony Burgess

A Clockwork Orange

Published: London, Heinemann, 1962

Date: 1962

London, Heinemann, 1962. 1st edition. Elegantly bound in fine half leather binding with marbled boards, new end papers. Original iconic dust jacket laid-in at rear of book. Small faded ink stamp on title page and verso title page otherwise contents clean and tight. 196 pages. Scarce 1st edition.

A Clockwork Orange is a dystopian novella by Anthony Burgess published in 1962. Set in a near future English society that has a subculture of extreme youth violence, the novella has a teenage protagonist, Alex, who narrates his violent exploits and his experiences with state authorities intent on reforming him. When the state undertakes to reform Alex—to "redeem" him—the novella asks, "At what cost?". The book is partially written in a Russian-influenced argot called "Nadsat". According to Burgess it was a jeu d'esprit written in just three weeks. In 2005, A Clockwork Orange was included on Time magazine's list of the 100 best English-language novels written since 1923, and it was named by Modern Library and its readers as one of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century. Made into the cult film in 1971 starring Malcolm McDowell as the youthful Alex.

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