Octavo, full-bound cloth with title to spine. First Edition, First Printing of Anthony Burgess most celebrated contribution 20th century modern literature, A Clockwork Orange. Presenting in its original, well-preserved dust jacket with second impression boards.
A Clockwork Orange is a nightmare vision of the future told in its own fantastically inventive lexicon, it has since become a classic of modern literature. Roald Dahl hailed it A terrifying and marvelous book. " Inspired in part by an attack on Burgess' pregnant wife, Burgess' most famous novel is a "compelling and often comic vision of the way violence comes to dominate the mind (Clute & Nicholls, 175). The most discussed aspect of this book is the slang Burgess created for his teenaged characters. Called'nadsat,' it combines Cockney slang with Russian.
A Clockwork Orange serves as a forum for the discussion of the nature of language and the conflicts between free will and determinism (New York Public Library, Books of the Century, 164). The cinematic adaptation of Burgess's haunting tale was accidental.Screenplay writer Terry Southern gave Stanley Kubrick a copy of the novel, but, as he was developing a Napoleon Bonaparte-related project, Kubrick put it aside. Soon afterward, however, the Bonaparte project was canceled and, sometime later, Kubrick happened upon the novel. It had an immediate impact. Of his enthusiasm for it, Kubrick said, I was excited by everything about it: The plot, the ideas, the characters, and, of course, the language.
The story functions, of course, on several levels: Political, sociological, philosophical, and, what's most important, on a dreamlike psychological-symbolic level. Kubrick wrote a screenplay faithful to the novel, saying, I think whatever Burgess had to say about the story was said in the book, but I did invent a few useful narrative ideas and reshape some of the scenes. The film premiered in 1971 starring Malcolm McDowell with a memorable soundtrack composed by Walter Carlos.
Named by Modern Library as one of the 100 greatest novels of the twentieth century and by TIME magazine as one of the 100 best English-language novels since 1923. Original full-bound purple boards present mostly clean and unmarked with a few light marks to and rear with a few smaller, but more prominent to rear. Age-toning to edges extending across spine.
Spine about clean but for a single small spot. No remarkable edge-wear, rubbing to corners, or wear to head and foot of spine. Mild bump to fore-edge of front and rear board. Internally clean and bright but for name and date neatly penned to front endpaper. Dust jacket shows exceptionally well with bright, unfaded panels and spine.
Just a bit of wear to edges, corners and head and foot of spine. Remnants of price sticker to front flap. A classic work considered by many to be amongst the best, including The Adventures of Augie March by Saul Bellow, All the King's Men by Robert Penn Warren, American Pastoral by Philip Roth, An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser, Animal Farm by George Orwell, Appointment in Samarra by John O'Hara, Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret by Judy Blume, The Assistant by Bernard Malamud, At Swim-Two-Birds by Flann O'Brien, Atonement by Ian McEwan, Beloved by Toni Morrison, The Berlin Stories by Christopher Isherwood, The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler, The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood, Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy, Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh, The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder, Call It Sleep by Henry Roth, Catch-22 by Joseph Heller, The Catcher in the Rye by J.
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