A Clockwork Orange as a Modernistic Work A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess, published in 1962, technically falls after the period deemed as 'Modernism', yet it embodies all of the features that were characteristic of that literary era.
" He was brought up under the influence of a stepmother who reappeared as a grotesque figure in (1963) .
The other dominant influence in his life both at home and at school was the Roman Catholic Church, which was described in many of his novels.
Burgess renounced Catholicism at about age sixteen, but the renunciation gave him little joy.
In the early chapters of for example, he used his childhood memories of the Xaverian College, Manchester, to paint a delightful portrait of growing schoolboys' minds as they face the deadening impenetrability of Catholic doctrines.
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