Burgess, Anthony

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Price: $4,500.00

Place Published: London
Publisher: William Heinemann
Date Published: 1962
Edition: First British Edition
Book Id: 1489


First Impression. Octavo; second issue purple binding, with titles stamped in gilt on spine; dustjacket; 196pp. Signed by Burgess on the title page above his printed name, which he has crossed out. Vintage booksellers label (Foyles) to front pastedown, else Fine in a price-clipped (and therefore presumed) second issue dustjacket; some pin-point wear to crown and corner tips, a single short tear at upper edge of rear panel, with the shadow of an old cello-tape mend removed from verso, indiscernable from the outset; a bright, very Near Fine example of a jacket normally encountered heavily-worn.


The author's best-known work, a violent dystopia and basis for Stanley Kubrick's highly-regarded 1971 film. The idea for Burgess's novel, sadly, was inspired by real-life events: his wife Llewela was violently assaulted by several G.I.'s during the wartime blackout in London. The assault induced a miscarriage, psychological trauma, and resulted in her being unable to bear children. "Nauseated by the content of his tale, he wrote it with the help of gin and dexedrine." Burgess's agent ended up selling the rights to Clockwork to a lawyer named Si Litvinoff for the ridiculous sum of $500.00; Litvinoff then sold them to Kubrick and Warner Brothers for $500,000.00, and the film ended up turning Kubrick into a multi-millionaire overnight. One of the most innovative and enduring works of the latter half of the 20th century. Boytinck 75; Brewer A04.

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