This is the fully restored fiftieth anniversary edition. It includes a foreword by Martin Amis. First published by William Heinemann in 1962, A Clockwork Orange is widely ackwledged as one of the most influential books of the twentieth century. This special edition, compiled and edited by Andrew Biswell, Burgess' biographer, restores the text of the vel as Burgess originally wrote it, and includes a selection of interviews, articles, reviews and other previously unpublished material.
Anthony Burgess was born in Manchester in 1917. He spent six years in the army before becoming a schoolmaster and a colonial education officer in Malaya and Brunei. After the success of his Malayan Trilogy, he became a full-time writer in 1959. He achieved an international reputation as one of the leading novelists of his day, and one of the most versatile. He wrote criticism, stage plays, translations and a Broadway musical, and he composed more than 150 musical works, including a piano concerto, a violin concerto for Yehudi Menuhin, and a symphony. His books have been published all over the world and include The Complete Enderby, Earthly Powers, Nothing Like the Sun, A Dead Man in Deptford and Byrne. Burgess died in London in 1993. Andrew Biswell is the Director of the International Anthony Burgess Foundation and Principal Lecturer in English at Manchester Metropolitan University. His publications include The Real Life of Anthony Burgess.