"A Clockwork Orange stands as a great literary work, yet most copies weigh in in less then three hundred pages. Written by Anthony Burgess, it spans twenty one chapters and serves as a cult classic to this day" (http://www.geocities.com/athens/academy/1974/ summary.html). Anthony Burgess has been labeled as one of the greatest literary geniuses of the twentieth century. With over sixty works of published literature under his belt, his most popular being, A Clockwork Orange, he has lived up to any challenge brought upon him.
This being my first read work by Anthony Burgess, it has inspired me to read more of his literature. I originally picked out this book after a recommendation from a fellow schoolmate. It has the conflicts Man verses Society, Man versus Man, and Man verses Himself, which make a great combination for this very intelligent plot. I believe the book is much more violent, graphic, vulgar, and even quite more disturbing than the movie, which is directed by Stanley Kubrick, one of my all-time favorite directors. Also, the book adds the advantage of the 21st chapter, which gives a new point of view to the entire story, while the movie leaves out this very important part.
"Anthony Burgess was born John Anthony Burgess Wilson on February 25, 1917, in Manchester, England. His mother and young sister died of influenza in 1919, leaving Burgess to a blue collar upbringing by his fatther - a cashier and piano player - an aunt, and later a stepmother" (http://www.hrc.utexas.edu/research/fa/burgess.bio.html).
Burgess attended the very parochial Xaverian College, which instilled in him, an interest in the themes of free will, good and evil, and social authority which are reflective in his writing many years later. In 1936, Burgess entered Manchester University, where, because of the rejection of the music deparment, he chose to study composition and language. Soon after receiving his bachelor's degree in 1940, he entered the Royal Army Medical Corps, later transferring to the Education Corps.