One of the most feared of all London’s street gangs in the late 1880’s was a group of female toughs known as the Clockwork Oranges. They would later inspire Anthony Burgess’ most notorious novel.
where’s the source for this though? I’ve seen this before, and this doesn’t hold up to any of Anthony Burgess’ statements on the title. The cockney expression “As queer as a clockwork orange” inspired it, and multiple sources back that up. I’d love to think this is true, but I cannot find a single source confirming it. Do you know where I could find that?
Also the idea that something sweet (an orange) can be mentally turned around (clockwork) in the way Alex’s views of violence are done has been brought up as a possible meaning for the title.