A Clockwork Orange (novel)

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Burgess, Anthony (John Anthony Burgess Wilson). A Clockwork Orange. London: Heinemann, 1962. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1972. Rpt. without final chapter (and with a glossary), New York: Norton, 1963. Rev. edn. with final chapter and AB's Introd., New York: Ballantine, 1988.

Features a totally amoral rebel in (anti)heroic rebellion against a mechanical society. The Norton edn. of 1963 was the basis for the film by S. Kubrick, q.v. See under Literary Criticism the essay by R. Rabinovitz. Definitely see the entry for AB under Literary Criticism: that last chapter of CO may be a glaring non sequitur and copout or a mature statement of faith in the possibility of human redemption—but its presence or absence is crucial for the tone and theme of the novel.