Death Row Letters: Correspondence with Donald Ray Wallace, Jr

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Associated University Presse, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 236 pages
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These letters provide access to the reflections of a brilliant mind grappling with existence on death row, dramatizing the spiritual and social void created in our prisons. They demonstrate the way that our justice system may incarcerate a confused twenty-year old and later execute an altogether different man. Donald Ray Wallace, Jr. passed twenty-four years on death row learning languages, teaching himself to play classical music on the guitar, reading classic literature, and delving into an encyclopedia sent to him by the author. Perhaps because of his suffering, the convict often seems more broad in his appreciation of literature than the professor. His hunger for some understanding of the human condition plays a central role in his redemption and lends his character its Dostoyevskian quality. Charles Leslie is Emeritus Professor of Anthropology and the Humanities in the Center for Science and Culture at the University of Delaware.
 

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Contents

Preface
7
The Year 2000
15
Becoming Acquainted
17
Hard Wired
39
Qabalah
59
The Year 2001
69
Myths and Reason
71
Knowledge
84
The Dreaded Supermax Prison
141
Religion as Mystic Experience
151
Breakfast With the Beatles
172
The Year 2004
185
Hunger Strike
187
Notes From Underground
212
The Year 2005
221
Last Letters
223

Science Itself
100
The Year 2002
113
Death Row Will Be Moved
115
The Year 2003
139
Postscript
231
How This Book Was Made
235
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Charles Leslie is Professor of Anthropology and the Humanities at the Center for Science and Culture, University of Delaware. Allan Young is Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Humanities and Social Studies in Medicine, McGill University.

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