First printing in the first-issue dust jacket, with the original last chapter as Burgess intended.<br />
Fine in near fine jacket.
"It may not be nice to be good, little 6655321. It may be horrible to be good."
Burgess's inimitably stylish account of brutal youth, told in a florid invented slang made, if possible, more memorable by Stanley Kubrick's equally stylish film adaptation. Little Alex's addiction to ultraviolence cannot be cured and must be endured; the novel's famous aversion therapy sequence implants no morals and effects no true reform. Most disquietingly, the last chapter — excised from the American edition — suggests that a boyish love of assault and battery is doomed to fade away even as late adolescence wilts into manhood; that Nature will clean up its own mess, succeeding where all the crude instruments of Society failed. A gorgeous copy.
London: Heinemann, (1962). 7.75'' x 5''. Original black cloth boards. Original unclipped (16s) fuschia dust jacket designed by Barry Trengove. , 196 pages. Housed in custom quarter black black clamshell box. Single small closed tear to jacket; spine just barely sunned.
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