A Clockwork Orange

A Clockwork Orange is a 1962 book by Anthony Burgess and a 1971 film by Stanley Kubrick about — among other things — a gang of distinctly-dressed youths who wreak as much havoc as they can, called Droogs.

One of the things Burgess said about the inspiration for the Droogs was

Lynne and I had come home to a new British phenomenon - the violence of teenage gangs. We had on our leaves of 1957 and 1958, seen teddy boys in coffee bars. These were youths dressed very smartly in neo-Edwardian suits with heavily soled boots and distinctive coiffures. They seemed too elegant to be greatly given to violence, but they were widely feared by the faint hearted. They were a personification of the Zeitgeist in that they seemed to express a brutal disappointment with Britain’s post war decline as a world power and evoked the age of Edwardian expansion in the clothes if nothing else. They had originally been called Edwardian Strutters.

A Clockwork Orange

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