Prologue to A Clockwork Orange: A Play with Music by Anthony Burgess

Scope and Content

The prologue opens as follows: "The scene is the Garden of Eden. Alex is Adam, his eventual girlfriend Marty is Eve. This, of course, is a dream that Alex is dreaming. Early morning, delicate greenish light, a tumult of bird-song. Alex and Marty wake in each other's arms. Alex yawns cavernously, then smacks his lips."

Administrative / Biographical History

This prologue was written in July 1986 for Burgess's musical stage version of A Clockwork Orange. The prologue remained unpublished until 2012.


A Clockwork Orange: The Restored Edition (Heinemann: London, 2012). Edited with an Introduction and Notes by Andrew Biswell. Foreword by Martin Amis.