London: Heinemann, 1962. First edition. A Near Fine copy in the publisher's original black cloth, a few white scuff marks on the rear board. In a Near Fine first issue dust jacket with deeper flaps and the original price of 16s on the lower front flap. Two small punctures to the front panel and one to the front flap. A striking copy of this controversial novel that became an equally controversial film.
A story that raises questions about crime, punishment, and human nature. Setting out in a London of the future, Alex seeks thrills and entertainment by committing "a little of the old ultraviolence" on other citizens of the city. Following a particularly violent episode, Alex is jailed and submits to a new form of physical and psychological punishment that will affect his own humanity for the rest of his life. "A Clockwork Orange is Anthony Burgess' most famous novel, and its impact on literary, musical, and visual culture has been extensive. The novel is concerned with the conflict between the individual and the state, the punishment of young criminals, and the possibility of redemption" (Burgess Foundation). Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket. (Item #4582)