Clockwork Orange, A Easter Egg - What Is Alex's Surname?

When Alex goes to prison, he presents himself as "Alexander Delarge", or something similar.

Near the end of the film, various paper's titles are showed: in 3 of them it appears the name "Alex Burgess".

Burgess (Anthony) is the author of the novel Kubrick was inspired by.

By the way, 2 of the articles showed begin with the same 3 lines (but I'm not going to report them).

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Contributed By: Jurij on 01-10-2000
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Special Requirements: VHS (I've just seen Italian version, but I think every version can go)
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Demonhawk writes:
No, Alexander the large IS from a line in the novel. Just before (or after or during) the part where he rapes the 10 year old girls (they are obviously older in the movie). He does call himself Alexander the large (I'm sure we know what he is referring to), and that is where DeLarge comes from.
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thanatos writes:
The author, who is crippled by the Droogs, is named F.Alexander. Burgess created the semi-autobiographical character after being attacked in his own home.
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The name Alexander DeLarge is a nod to a line in the novel "They had to submit to the strange and weird desires of Alexander the large". And you are indeed right in saying that Burgess is the surname of the author, Anthony Burgess. But I think Alexander Delarge rolls off the tongue more nicely than Alex Burgess.
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Droog writes:
The rape incident was included in the movie and book because a very similar act was perpritrated on Anthony Burgess's wife. While Burgess was at war his then-pregnant wife was gang-raped by a group of American soliders. His wife subsequently died from the experiance.
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Margrave writes:
I did a research paper in high school on the similarities and differences between the movie and the book, and I concur that "Alexander DeLarge" is in fact a reference to the book, and therefore, almost definitely NOT a reference to Alexander the Great.
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