Monday, May 14, 1962: 'A Clockwork Orange'

Anthony Burgess' novel is published in England. Narrated by the main character, Alex, the futuristic tale of violence and debauchery by young toughs is told with an invented language (based largely on Russian words).

The book would later be published in the United States without its final chapter, in which Alex decides to leave behind his life of evil. (The U.S. publisher, W.W. Norton, thought little of the more hopeful ending.)

* Text (PDF includes 21st chapter and 1986 introduction by Burgess): @
* Audio of Burgess reading from book: @ and @ and @ and @
* Summary from www.sparknotes.com: @
* Entry from www.todayinliterature.com: @
* New York Times book review (March 19, 1963): @
* Excerpts from "You've Had Your Time," Burgess' 1990 autobiography: @
* "Conversations with Anthony Burgess" (2008 collection of interviews from 1971 to 1989): @
* International Anthony Burgess Foundation: @

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