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Original Essays | September 15, 2014

Lois Leveen: IMG Forsooth Me Not: Shakespeare, Juliet, Her Nurse, and a Novel



There's this writer, William Shakespeare. Perhaps you've heard of him. He wrote this play, Romeo and Juliet. Maybe you've heard of it as well. It's... Continue »

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Winner of the 1980 Pulitzer Prize

In what is arguably his greatest book, America's most heroically ambitious writer follows

the short, blighted career of Gary Gilmore, an intractably violent product of America's

prisons who became notorious for two reasons: first, for robbing two men in 1976, then

killing them in cold blood; and, second, after being tried and convicted, for insisting on

dying for his crime. To do so, he had to fight a system that seemed paradoxically intent on

keeping him alive long after it had sentenced him to death.

Norman Mailer tells Gilmore's story--and those of the men and women caught up in his

procession toward the firing squad--with implacable authority, steely compassion, and a

restraint that evokes the parched landscapes and stern theology of Gilmore's Utah. The

Executioner's Song is a trip down the wrong side of the tracks to the deepest sources of

American loneliness and violence. It is a towering achievement--impossible to put down, impossible to forget.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780679424710
Author:
Mailer, Norman
Publisher:
Modern Library
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
American fiction (fictional works by one author)
Subject:
Death row inmates
Subject:
Biographical fiction
Subject:
Death row inmates -- Utah -- Fiction.
Subject:
American fiction (fictional works by one auth
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Modern library ed.
Series:
Modern Library Cloth
Series Volume:
12
Publication Date:
1993
Binding:
Trade Cloth
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
x, 1002 p.
Dimensions:
8.27x5.61x1.70 in. 2.13 lbs.

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