IN THE BELLY OF THE BEAST

Author: Abbott (Jack Henry)
Year: 1982
Publisher: Arrow
Edition Details: !st UK p/b dn.
Book Condition: Vg+
ISBN: 0099281406
Price: 5.00
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Paperback. With an Intro' by Norman Mailer. In the middle of writing 'The Executioner's Song', Norman Mailer received a letter from a federal prisoner named Jack H. Abbott who wanted to warn him that very few people knew much about violence in prisons and who offered to clarify some aspects of Gary Gilmour's life. Mailer began to correspond with Abbott, and made a startling discovery: the convict's direct, intense prose was decidedly powerful; his letters were extraordinary for their clarity, vividness and ferocity. Mailer edited and arranged the letters according to Abbott's background as a "state-raised" convict; the bizarre forms of punishment practiced in US prisons; the experience of long-term solitary confinement, the uses and abuses of sex and drugs, the doomed relationship between inmate and guard etc. 166pp. p/back. With handwritten note on tp 'Died 10.2.02 aged 58 in Alden NY. Hanged himself with a bedsheet and shoe lace in cell in Wende Correctional Facility' With 'TC Book Exchange.....' rubber stamp to fep, browned pp. o/w Vg+ with no creasing to covers.

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