Anthony Burgess‘ legendary 1962 novel A Clockwork Orange could have had a sequel, after archivists from the International Anthony Burgess Foundation in Manchester, England uncovered a 200-page manuscript written by the author. Titled A Clockwork Condition, the unfinished manuscript was found by Professor Andrew Biswell of the Manchester Metropolitan University amongst hand-penned works, and has been described as “part philosophical reflection and part autobiography.”
Burgess himself called the work a “major philosophical statement on the contemporary human condition,” something which the government took to mind when banning Stanley Kubrick‘s adaptation in the UK following numerous copycat crimes. Professor Biswell said, “In theory, it would be possible to create a publishable version of The Clockwork Condition. There is enough material present in the drafts and outlines to give a reasonably clear impression of what this lost Burgess book might have been.” Whether archivists will release the manuscripts or even develop the novel’s sequel remains unknown.
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